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The Great 50 Days of Easter

May 21st, 2014 by Christopher Caudle

After 40 days of Lenten fasting and preparing, we enter an extended 50 days of Easter celebration and mission. Immediately following Easter, new members of the ancient church (professing their faith, receiving Baptism and celebrating Holy Communion) continued their discipleship in faith through guided reflection on the mysteries of the faith.

This Easter instruction, or mystagogy, was designed to establish new believers in the life of faith, and equip them to share in the mysteries of faith. This new season for new converts was also a reminder to the entire church that Easter brings a renewed start for us as well. This invitation is for us as well. We are inviting you to join us in our celebration of the Great 50 Days of Easter. (Sunday April 20th – Sunday June 8th) During the Great 50 Days of Easter, we have committed to a daily celebration of Holy Communion as an expression of our gratitude for the great sacrifice and accomplishments of Jesus Christ. The service is designed for those who may be on their way to work or taking their lunch break. Our Sunday service schedule remains the same. The weekday schedule is as follows. Because it is the Anglican custom for the Eucharist to always be celebrated in community, (at least 2 people present) we are seeking a shared commitment of the parish family for this intention to be put into practice. Let us know which day(s) you will join us.


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We will also offer 50 days of encouragement to continue in our embrace of the new life guaranteed by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Each day, we will send a daily short email with a reflection by a member of New Covenant, a classic writing from our Anglican heritage, or a selection of the original mystagogical sermons from the early centuries of the church.We will be celebrating the weekday Eucharist with the prayers provided in Common Worship, the contemporary version of the Book of Common Prayer authorized by the Church of England and used by many parishes in the Anglican Mission and around the world. Each Easter Email will include a scripture, a prayer for the day and a question to guide your reflection. Please use these as a way to nurture your reflection on Easter and enrich your own worship of the resurrected and reigning Christ. To participate, please send an email to with Easter Email in the subject line.


About this author:

Christopher Caudle

Christopher Caudle

Fr. Christopher has an authentic sense of humor and is a man after the Lord's own heart. He pastors the members of New Covenant Church while keeping his family as a keen priority. Fr. Christopher holds BA in History from the University of North Carolina and a MA in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theology Seminary.

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