Easter, the central mystery of the Christian faith, is a rich, complex celebration — one that draws us into Christ’s resurrection through word, sacrament, tradition and evangelization.

In this package of articles from our partner Catholic News Service, we examine Easter from several perspectives that can deepen our understanding of the Lord’s triumph over sin and death.

The evolution of Easter observances
The central celebration of the Christian faith was a controversial one for early Christians, who struggled to assign it a date and a season of preparation. From medieval to modern times, the feast of the Resurrection has continued to develop in new and meaningful ways.

Easter reminds us of our call to share the Gospel message
The joy of the Resurrection leads us to share our individual experiences of Christ’s love with others. This mission does not require advanced training or perfect performance, but only a willing and grateful heart.

Scripture provides the road map to Emmaus
After Jesus’ death, two disillusioned disciples encountered the risen Lord as a mysterious stranger who revealed himself to them through Scripture and the breaking of the bread. Their experience forms the pattern of the Mass, where the word prepares us to meet Christ in the Eucharist.

We can’t keep from singing alleluia forever
After a long Lent without this joyous Hebrew word, the miracle of Easter allows us to exult with the angels at Christ’s resurrection.

How to make pisanki, or Polish Easter eggs
The delicate art of decorating an ancient symbol of the Resurrection emerged in Eastern Europe, including Poland. The tradition, which includes a number of variations, remains a vibrant one in the United States.

A recipe for placek, the traditional Polish bread
The rich, sweet loaf is a Slavic Easter tradition that recalls the new beginning offered by Christ’s resurrection from the dead.