Monday, April 22, 2019

Alleluia is our song... (EASTER MONDAY)

The first eight days of the Easter season ("Bright Week") make up the Octave of Easter and celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord.  Singing the Easter sequence, Victimae Paschali Laudes, at Mass throughout the Octave is recommended, though not required.  At the end of Masses during the Easter Octave, the dismissal, as at Easter, is sung by the deacon or priest; to which the people respond in song, “Thanks be to God, Alleluia! Alleluia!”

"The Christian should be an Alleluia
from head to foot!"- St Augustine

 “Let us keep the holy feast of Pascha and then, adding day by day
the holy Pentecost, which we regard as feast upon feast,
we shall keep the festival of the Spirit." - St Athanasius (4th c)

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"We are an Easter people
and 'Allelujah' is our song."

St Augustine  

"...  we are given two liturgical seasons, one before Easter and the other after. The season before Easter signifies the troubles in which we live here and now, while the time after Easter which we are celebrating at present signifies the happiness that will be ours in the future. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life; what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not yet possess. This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer; but now the fast is over and we devote the present season to praise. Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we sing. ...

Now therefore, brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say Alleluia. You say to your neighbor, “Praise the Lord!” and he says the same to you. We are all urging one another to praise the Lord, and all thereby doing what each of us urges the other to do. But see that your praise comes from your whole being; in other words, see that you praise God not with your lips and voices alone, but with your minds, your lives and all your actions."

Excerpt from St. Augustine's discourse 
on the Psalms (Ps. 148, 1-2: CCL 40, 2165-2166)    

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Death where is thy sting? He is risen! ...

"This is the night of which it is written: 
The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me,
and full of gladness. The sanctifying power of this night dispels
all wickedness, washes faults away, restores innocence to the fallen,
and joy to the mourners,drives out hatred, fosters concord, and
brings down the mighty."  - From Exultet, intoned during Easter Vigil 

"Poor death, where is your sting?
Poor hell, where is your triumph?
Christ steps out of the tomb and you are
reduced to nothing!

Christ rises and the angels are wild with delight.
Christ rises and life is set free.
Christ rises and graves are emptied of dead.

Oh yes, for He broke from the tomb like a flower,
a beautiful fruit: the first fruit of those already gone.
All glory be His, all success and power . . .
forever and ever."

St John Chrysosotom
Excerpt from Easter homily
387 AD

Painting above: Jacopa Robusti Tintoretto, The Resurrection of Christ (1565)


"Let us feel the joy of being Christian!
We believe in the Risen One who conquered evil and death!
Let us have the courage to 'come out of ourselves,'
to take this joy and this light to all the places of our life!

The Resurrection of Christ is our greatest certainty; He is our
most precious treasure! How can we not share this treasure,
this certainty with others? It is not only for us, it is to be passed on,
to be shared with others. Our testimony is precisely this."

 Pope Francis


Christ is risen to go before us:
our Brother
 to the Father,
our Priest 
to the Altar.
our Saviour to the world!

Christ is risen!
Christ is risen!
Christ is risen!

 Alleluia!     Alleluia!     Alleluia!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
By His great mercy we have been born anew 
to a living hope 

through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 
and to an inheritance which is . . . kept in Heaven for you. - 1 Pet 1:3

Full text of Easter Vigil Homily 2019

Pope at Easter Urbi et Orbi: Risen Christ shines light on darkness of conflict - Vatican News

"Christ is alive.  May we let ourselves be renewed in Him. 
Happy Easter!"  - Pope Francis