Rudolf Steiner leads us to an understanding of the true meaning of
Easter by tracing its history from the pre-Christian era to our time.
He shows it is ultimately through knowing the true significance of
Easter that we come to understand our relationship to spiritual
This is an authorised English translation, taken from
shorthand notes, unrevised by the lecturer.
It is presented here with the kind permission of the Rudolf
Steiner Nachlassverwaltung, Dornach, Switzerland.
“The original idea of any sacred festival is to make the human
being look upward from his dependence on earthly things to those
things that transcend the Earth.” (From Lecture Two)
From Bn 233a.2, GA 233a.