Christ is risen from the dead! Dying, he conquered death; To the dead, he has given life!
Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year.
Watch live from Rome as the Holy Father presides over the Holy Mass of Easter Day. Easter message and Urbi et Orbi blessing of the Holy Father.