Sunday, April 1, 2018

Death where is thy sting? Christ 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)

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"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

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