Bishop Gafkjen’s April Newsletter Has Arrived

Victory is ours! Victory is ours! Through God who loves us.

I am intrigued and inspired by the calendric fact that Easter is longer than Lent.

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and concludes with Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday). While we tend to focus on the 40 fasting days of Lent, when the Sundays along the way are included, Lent always includes exactly 46 calendar days.

Easter is not just one day, though we tend to think of it that way. It begins with Easter Sunday, of course, but it doesn’t end until Pentecost Sunday, ever and always exactly 50 days later.

50 is, of course, greater than 46. In other words, Easter always wins!

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