VIII. Easter Time
100. The celebration of Easter is prolonged throughout the Easter season. The
fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated as one feast
day, the "great Sunday." 
101. The Sundays of this season are regarded as Sundays of Easter and are so
termed; they have precedence over all feasts of the Lord and over all
solemnities. Solemnities that fall on one of these Sundays are anticipated on
the Saturday.  Celebrations in honor of
the Blessed Virgin Mary or the saints that fall during the week may not be
transferred to one of these Sundays. 
102. For adults who have received Christian initiation during the Easter
Vigil, the whole of this period is given over to mystagogical catechesis.
Therefore, wherever there are neophytes, the prescriptions of the Ordo
initiationis Christianae adultorum, nn. 37-40 and 235-239, should be
observed. Intercession should be made in the Eucharistic Prayer for the newly
baptized through the Easter octave in all places.
103. Throughout the Easter season, the neophytes should be assigned their own
special place among the faithful. All neophytes should endeavor to participate
at Mass along with their godparents. In the homily and, according to local
circumstances, in the General Intercessions, mention should be made of them.
Some celebration should be held to conclude the period of mystagogical
catechesis on or about Pentecost Sunday, depending upon local custom.
 It is also appropriate that children
receive their first communion on one or other of the Sundays of Easter.
104. During Easter time, pastors should instruct the faithful who have been
already initiated into the Eucharist on the meaning of the Church's precept
concerning the reception of Holy Communion during this period.
 It is highly recommended that communion
also be brought to the sick, especially during the Easter octave.
105. Where there is the custom of blessing houses in celebration of the
resurrection, this blessing is to be imparted after the Solemnity of Easter and
not before, by the parish priest or other priest or deacon delegated by him.
This is an opportunity for exercising a pastoral ministry.
 The parish priest should go to each house
for the purpose of undertaking a pastoral visitation of each family. There, he
will speak with the residents and spend a few moments with them in prayer, using
texts to be found in the book De Benedictionibus.
 In larger cities, consideration should be
given to the gathering of several families for a common celebration of the
blessing for all.
106. According to the differing circumstances of places and peoples, there
are found a number of popular practices linked to celebrations of the Easter
season, which in some instances attract greater numbers of the people than the
sacred liturgy itself. These practices are not in any way to be undervalued, for
they are often well adapted to the religious mentality of the faithful. Let
episcopal conferences and local ordinaries, therefore, see to it that practices
of this kind, which seem to nourish popular piety, be harmonized in the best way
possible with the sacred liturgy, be imbued more distinctly with the spirit of
the liturgy, be in some way derived from it, and lead the people to it. 
107. This sacred period of fifty days concludes with Pentecost Sunday, when
the gift of the Holy Spirit to the apostles, the beginnings of the Church, and
the start of its mission to all tongues and peoples and nations are
Encouragement should be given to the prolonged celebration of Mass in the
form of a Vigil, whose character is not baptismal as in the Easter Vigil, but is
one of urgent prayer, after the example of the apostles and disciples, who
persevered together in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, as they awaited
the Holy Spirit. 
108. "It is proper to the paschal festivity that the whole Church
rejoices at the forgiveness of sins, which is not only for those who are reborn
in Holy Baptism, but also for those who have long been numbered among the
adopted children."  By means of a
more intensive pastoral care and a deeper spiritual effort, all who celebrate
the Easter feasts will, by the Lord's grace, experience their effect in their
daily lives. 
Given at Rome, January 16, 1988.
Paul Augustin Cardinal Mayer Prefect
Virgilio Noè Titular Archbishop of Voncaria, Secretary