Easter is the pinnacle of the liturgical year. On this day, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the grave. This event that forms the foundation of our faith invites us to deepen our belief in the mysterious paradox that life follows death. In theological terms, this is called the paschal mystery.
The broader season of Easter, or Eastertide, lasts fifty days. During that time, we also observe Jesus’ ascension into heaven and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the church on the Day of Pentecost, which marks the end of the season.
—Jenn Giles Kemper
I use this daily. Much like a rubbing stone, it has come into my hands as a way to calm myself, find patience, seek love for my kids and really just restructure my behaviors and anxieties. I have 4-5 around the house and I keep one in my purse. My kids also use them when they are struggling.
The ability to reach out and touch something, hold something, aids in refocusing and breathing deeply.
I leave this little cross in my pocket, and it helps me to refocus my day. Any time I slip my hand in my pocket, I am reminded to recenter my thoughts and actions on God. It is small enough to fit in your pocket and the shape and smoothness makes it easy to hold.
I love using this cross as a fidget tool when having conversations with young people who engage so much better when their hands are busy. It is beautifully carved and I love the faint scent of olive.
I wasn't expecting much, it's just a wooden cross, but I thought it would be neat to place on a side table as a sort of curiosity. But I found that sometimes when I am especially worried or contemplative, I enjoy picking it up to hold and touch while I'm praying. I can fidget with it as I form my prayer and it provides a sense of comfort that as I am turning it over in my hands, I am literally turning it over to god with my prayer, and that he understands my worry and participates in the solution with me. One of those purchases you love way more than you knew you needed. Yay!!
This is an incredible resource that includes a diverse collection of art, poetry, music...all connected to scripture and the church calendar. I have already thought of several people I plan to gift with this inspiring volume.
I love this book. It has been a great way to begin my time with the Lord each morning. It's been a wonderful way to join in prayers and scripture that many others are also praying--a deep reminder that we are not walking this journey alone. I have also very much appreciated the midday and evening prayers as a great rhythm to incorporate into my day. I also appreciate the way it reflects on key dates in history as an often sober reminder of where we have been as we seek to pursue the Kingdom on this earth.
I have always understood prayer as a conversation with God, which with my ADHD, means that I get off track within 5 minutes. This book has given me some beautiful structure with prayer, song, and scripture to begin my day and then to have a point to focus on throughout my day when I need a break from work. It has been a centering experience for me.
I have the liturgy for morning coffee print, and it is such a lovely thing to see every morning. I had a spare frame that I put it in, and you can see it is clearly high quality (even without the frame). Highly recommend these prints for anyone who might need a little mindfulness in the "everyday" parts of life!
This looks very nice and is well made. Framed and hung it fits in with a lot of different styles.
And excellent resource for private devotional time and time with family and friends. I love looking through it before any major event and particularly enjoy the litergy for enjoying coffee in the morning. Even if there is no "quiet of morning" in my house with 4 children it helps to quiet my mind to focus on my time with God.
This book would make an excellent gift for many, but I also have enjoyed just the beauty it possesses in imagery and words.
An incredibly beautiful book. The gold embossing, the illustrations, the acknowledgement of such ordinary holiness is wonderful! I would say that some liturgies went on a little bit, but I liked that some of them also had shorter versions to choose from. I think I may annoy my friends when I show up with a liturgy for EVERY occasion, but hopefully in the long run they'll thank me 🤪.
Giving to two of my wonderful students for graduation with notations for favorite prayers.
This is a lovely book - the liturgies are poetic and there are so many different prayers for all different occasions. I got this to give as a gift but ended up looking through it myself before giving it and am tempted to buy myself a copy as well! I opted for the smaller size and really like it - the pages feel nice, the soft cover gives without feeling flimsy, and as weird as it may sound it's just a pleasant experience holding the book.
Below, you'll find an ever-growing collection of resources to help you deepen your experience of the season. Many of them were created by members of the Sacred Ordinary Days community of kindreds, and the list has been—and will continue to be—curated by our kindreds. Share your own recommendations for additional resources on the Sacred Ordinary Days Facebook page to have them added here.
Stages on the Way: Worship Resources for Lent, Holy Week, and Easter by John L. Bell and Wild Goose Worship Group
The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale by Angela Elwell Hunt
Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons by Jan Richardson
Eastertide: Prayers for Lent through Easter from the Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle
Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter by Various
Wiggles's Easter Journey by Jamie Lynn Walters
Peter's First Easter by Walter Wangerin Jr.
S1 | E9 : Holy Week + Easter + Prayer with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast
S1 | E10 : Eastertide + Celebration with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast
S1 | E11 : Eastertide + Sabbath with Jenn Giles Kemper and Lacy Clark Ellman on the Sacred Ordinary Days podcast
Liturgical Meditations | Eastertide by Fuller Studio
Making Room in the Basket for the Easter Story by Regina Walton at Grow Christians
A Family Easter Vigil: Refocusing the Holiday on Jesus by Heather Walker Peterson at Humane Pursuits
Easter Sunday/Resurrection Day + Eastertide by Abby Perry at Joy Woven Deep
Easter Is the New Christmas by Leah Slawson
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