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Weisser Sonntag

Der Sonntag nach dem Osterfest wird landläufig auch "Weißer Sonntag" genannt (lateinisch "dominica in albis"). Sein Name leitet sich von einem Brauch der Urkirche ab, nach dem die in der Osternacht neugetauften Christen als Zeichen ihrer Würde ein weißes Gewand (Albe) trugen. Eine Woche nach Ostern legten sie diese Taufgewänder wieder ab.

Dieser Sonntag wird traditionsgemäß für die Feier der Erstkommunion bevorzugt.

Angeregt durch die Visionen der Hl. Faustyna Kowalska wird der 2. Sonntag der Osterzeit seit dem Jahr 2000 im Festkalender der Kirche zugleich als "Sonntag der Göttlichen Barmherzigkeit" gefeiert.

(Quelle: Kathpedia)

Low Sunday

The first Sunday after Easter. The origin of the name is uncertain, but it is apparently intended to indicate the contrast between it and the great Easter festival immediately preceding, and also, perhaps, to signify that, being the Octave Day of Easter, it was considered part of that feast, though in a lower degree. Its liturgical name is Dominica in albis depositis, derived from the fact that on it the neophytes, who had been baptized on Easter Eve, then for the first time laid aside their white baptismal robes. St. Augustine mentions this custom in a sermon for the day, and it is also alluded to in the Eastertide Vesper hymn, "Ad regias Agni dapes" (or, in its older form, "Ad cœnam Agni providi"), written by an ancient imitator of St. Ambrose. Low Sunday is also called by some liturgical writers Pascha clausum, signifying the close of the Easter Octave, and "Quasimodo Sunday", from the Introit at Mass — "Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite", — which words are used by the Church with special reference to the newly baptized neophytes, as well as in general allusion to man's renovation through the Resurrection. The latter name is still common in parts of France and Germany.

(Source: New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09400a.htm)