- Easter is the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. The date of Easter varies from year to year, according to a lunar-calendar dating system. The Easter season extends from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost Sunday (Sunday, May 19 this year).
- Ascension Thursday, which celebrates the ascension of Jesus to heaven following his resurrection, is the fortieth day of Easter, but, may be transferred to the following Sunday.
- Pentecost is the fiftieth and last day of the Easter season. It celebrates the sending of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles, which traditionally marks the birth of the Church.
- Liturgical color: white, but red on the feast of Pentecost.
White is the color of purity and completeness. The theme for the “great fifty days” of Easter is supported
by the use of white. This color, used primarily during these Sundays, assists in bearing the message that
“though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Christ’s triumph from the grave on Resurrection
day is the cause for our rejoicing. His purity before his Father becomes our purity. White reinforces
that message of joy. In addition to its use during Eastertide, white is the appointed color for such festive
Sundays as Christmas and its twelve days; Epiphany (Jan. 6) and the first Sunday following it, observed as
the Baptism of Our Lord; the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, also known as Transfiguration Sunday; Holy
Trinity Sunday; and twenty-one minor festivals and occasions listed on the church year calendar. In all,
white serves as the best festive color for the church year.