Paschal mystery

The Paschal mystery is one of the central concepts of Catholic faith relating to the history of salvation. According to the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, "The Paschal Mystery of Jesus, which comprises his passion, death, resurrection, and glorification, stands at the center of the Christian faith because God's saving plan was accomplished once for all by the redemptive death of his Son Jesus Christ."[1] The Catechism states that in the liturgy of the Church "it is principally his own Paschal mystery that Christ signifies and makes present."[2]

Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Christian churches celebrate this mystery on Easter. It is recalled and celebrated also during every Eucharist,[3] and especially on a Sunday, which is the Pascha of the week.[4]