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By Philip Kosloski, Aleteia, 04/16/22

Technically speaking the season of Easter begins during the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, which starts after sundown.

Often Catholics will ask when Easter “officially” starts. Does Easter begin on Holy Saturday?

Holy Saturday is meant to be a day of prayer and silence, preparing our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning.

For many centuries there was no liturgy on Holy Saturday, and the Easter Vigil only began after midnight.

Author Herbert Thurston gives a brief explanation in his book, Lent and Holy Week. …

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