Sunday, April 17, 2022

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: Pietro Novelli, The Resurrection of Christ


From Easter 2022 homily of Pope Francis: 

"Brothers and sisters, our hope has a name:  the name of Jesus. 
He entered the tomb of our sin; he descended to those depths 
where we feel most lost; he wove his way through the tangles of our fears, 
bore the weight of our burden and from the dark abyss of death 
restored us to life and turned our mourning into joy.  
Let us celebrate Easter with Christ!  He is alive!"


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
Divine Mercy Novena Day #3

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