We all know about Easter Sunday (resurrection) and Good Friday (crucifixion). Some know about Maundy Thursday (Last Supper).
But do you know about Easter Monday, the day after Easter? Known as “Bright Monday” among the Eastern Orthodox, Easter Monday is regarded in the West as the second day of Eastertide, the 50 days from Easter to Pentecost, and in the East as the second day of Bright Week (or Renewal Week).
Easter Monday is observed by many all over the world. Different Christians observe it very differently. For some, it is a most solemn day of remembrance and holy worship. For others, it is a day to be marked by joy and even pranks. Every year, the White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition dating back to 1878, takes place on Easter Monday.
For most Baptists, Easter Monday is unknown or means little. We attend Easter services, we remember and celebrate the resurrection, we go to bed on Easter Sunday night, and on Monday we resume our regularly scheduled programming. By Wednesday, most of us hardly remember the Easter into which we just put so much energy.
Do not hear me recommending that we begin Easter Monday observances that follow the traditions of the Catholic or Orthodox churches. Much of the traditions of those churches are not found in Scripture, a good bit could be considered unbiblical, and if nothing else, Baptists are those who seek to live by the Word of God and not beyond it.
Yet, a significant portion of the weakness of our churches today can be found in the relegation of Monday to that which is normal, to that which is sub-spiritual, even to that which we consider secular. Many I hear in the church speak of Monday as the first day of the week and of Sunday as the last day of the week. More and more I see calendars that place Monday as the first day.
This might be true for those whose true identity is found in their vocation. Everything begins for them anew when they go back to work, which often is seen as a chance for rest after a long, hard weekend. For those, redemption and hope is found in their jobs. Sunday has become the day of fatiguing self-indulgence that precedes the renewal found in service to a boss and to customers.
But for those of us whose identity is found in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus, Sunday always will be the first day. Our renewal, our beginning, our rest is found in service to the Lord our God and to our neighbors.(1) Monday is our second day of the week. Our jobs are what we do out of the overflow of our love and worship of God and our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press