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Time to Celebrate!

April 5, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Easter!

Easter is not just a day–first we have a week of Solemnities (the same rank as a Sunday),
beginning 50 days of the season of Easter.
Here are some ideas to make the most of the celebration.

Enjoy!!

Easter Sunday

April 5, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

H E   I S   R I S E N ! ! !

A L L E L U I A !   A L L E L U I A !   A L L E L U I A !

Entrance Antiphon:
I have risen, and I AM with you still, alleluia.
You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia.
Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.
Or:
The Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
To Him be glory and power for all the ages of eternity, alleluia, alleluia

Collect:
O God, who on this day,
through Your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by Your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Acts 10: 34, 37-43 (St. Peter proclaims Jesus’ death and resurrection)
Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad”
Colossians 3:1-4 (set your heart on things above)
OR I Corinthians 5:6-8 (celebrate, not with corruption, but with sincerity and truth)
Sequence:
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer your thankful praises!
A Lamb the sheep redeems: Christ,
Who only is sinless,
Reconciles sinners to the Father.
Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous:
The Prince of life, Who died, reigns immortal.
Speak, Mary, declaring
What you saw wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ, Who is living,
The glory of Jesus’ resurrection;
Bright angels attesting,
The shroud and napkin resting.
Yes, Christ my hope is arisen”
To Galilee He goes before you.”
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.
+John 20:1-9 (At Mary Magdalene’s word, Peter and John run to the empty tomb)

I’ve heard the news–
but has it
given fleetness
to my feet
in casting off
the fermentation
of my sins
and flying forward
in sincerity and truth,
my gaze on high,
my heart embedded
in the things
that are above?

Do I now celebrate
not just Christ’s resurrection,
but my own?

Holy Saturday

April 4, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Holy Saturday!

Today

the Church is, as it were, at the Lord’s tomb,
meditating on His Passion and death,
and on His descent into hell,
and awaiting His Resurrection with prayer and fasting
~Paschalis Solemnitatis, paragraph 73

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Easter Vigil

Dear brethren,
on this most sacred night,
in which our Lord Jesus Christ
passed over from death to life,
the Church calls upon Her sons and daughters,
scattered throughout the world,
to come together to watch and pray.
If we keep the memorial
of the Lord’s paschal solemnity in this way,
listening to His Word and celebrating His mysteries,
then we shall have the sure hope
of sharing His triumph over death
and living with Him in God.

Readings:
Genesis 1:1-2:2 (Creation)
Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12-14, 24, 35 “Lord, send out Your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth”
or Psalm 33:4-7, 12-13, 20-22 “The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”
Genesis 22:1-18 (Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac–foreshadowing of Jesus’ crucifixion)
Psalm16:5, 8-11 “Keep me safe O God; You are my hope”
Exodus 14:15-15:1 (the parting of the Red Sea–foreshadowing of Baptism)
Exodus 15:1-6, 17-18 “Let us sing to the Lord; He has covered Himself in glory”
Isaiah 54:5-14 (God, our Bridegroom, will take us back, and love us)
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13 “I will praise You, Lord, for You have rescued me”
Isaiah 55:1-11 (God offers us food and water without cost from His abundance)
Isaiah 12:2-6 “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation”
Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4 (we are in need because we have forsaken God, the Source of everything)
Psalm 19:8-11 “Lord, You have the words of everlasting life”
Ezekiel 36:16-28 (God will forgive and renew us for His own sake)
Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4 “Like a deer that long for running streams, my soul longs for You, my God”
or Is 12:2-6 “You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation”
or Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19 “Create a clean heart in me, O God”
Romans 6:3-11 (because we have been baptized into Jesus’ death, death has no more power over us)
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 “Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!”
+Mark 16:1-7 (the women meet an angel at the empty tomb)

Christ’s sacred Body
is His Bride,*

cast off, forsaken
for a time,
in consequence of sin.

He won’t go far.
He hovers near,
descending
to the depths
with Her,
defending
and protecting Her
while darkest night
wears on.

As faintest hint
of light appears,
He eagerly embraces Her.

The two become one.

And mankind rises
in the Son.

Am I caught up in this divine embrace?
Do I pursue oneness with Jesus?

*see Ephesians 5:25-32

Good Friday

April 3, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Good Friday,

Today begins the novena of Divine Mercy.

Also, there is a plenary indulgence available for the asking
for devoutly assisting at the adoration of the Cross in today’s solemn liturgical action,
with the usual conditions of Confession, Communion, prayer for Pope Francis’ intentions
and no attachment to sin.

There is no Entrance Antiphon or Collect–we pick up where we left off last night…

Prayer:
Remember Your mercies, O Lord,
and with Your eternal protection sanctify Your servants,
for whom Christ Your Son,
by the shedding of His Blood,
established the Paschal Mystery.
Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

OR:
O God, who, by the Passion of Christ Your Son, our Lord,
abolished the death inherited from ancient sin
by every succeeding generation,
grant that just as, being conformed to Him,
we have borne by the law of nature
the image of the man of earth,
so by the sanctification of grace
we may bear the image of the Man of Heaven.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 52:13- 53:12 (He Himself was wounded for our sins)
Psalm 31:2,6,12-13,15-17, 25 “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit”
Hebrews 4:14-16, 5:7-9 (our High Priest sympathizes with our weakness)
+John 18:1-19:42 (the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ)

God’s finest hour
is when He demonstrates
that neither life nor death,
nor torture, mockery or shame,
betrayal, weakness, cowardice,
nor any other thing
can overcome
the mighty Love
He has
for me.

Would that
this mighty Love
would find a home
and grow
in me.

Do I see Majesty on the Cross?
Do I take Jesus as my model for suffering?

Holy Thursday

April 2, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Holy Thursday!

We begin at noon, at the cathedral, as our bishop, our successor to the apostles,
gathers his brother priests to celebrate the Chrism Mass.
At this Mass, chrism, the perfumed oil
which is used to signify the indelible gift of the Holy Spirit
in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders,
will be consecrated.
As Christ (literally, “the anointed one”) was anointed priest, prophet and king
(see Exodus 29: 1-9, I Kings 19:16, Samuel 10:1 & 16:1-13, Acts 10:38),
so are Christians–with chrism.
The Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed at this Mass,
and priests will renew their commitment to the ordained priesthood
which Christ instituted on this day when He commanded His first bishops,

Do this in remembrance of Me
~Luke 22:19

Chrism Mass

Entrance Antiphon:
Jesus Christ has made us into a kingdom, priests for His God and Father.
To Him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect:

O God, who anointed Your Only Begotten Son with the Holy Spirit
and made Him Christ and Lord,
graciously grant,
that, being made sharers in His consecration,
we may bear witness to Your redemption in the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the Mid-day Chrism Mass:
Isaiah 61:1-9 (The Lord anointed me to bring glad tidings to the lowly)
Psalm 89:21-22, 25-27 “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
Revelation 1:5-8 (Christ has made us into a Kingdom, priests for His God and Father)
+Luke 4:16-21 (The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me)

The Lord commissions priests
as holy heroes
,
sent to carry out
His rescue
of a world
awash with sin;
to bring release
from sordid bondage,
healing from
the wounds of shame,
to strengthen, purify
and nourish
all who languish
in this life.
They are the ones
He raises up
to bring us joy

Do I appreciate all the sacrifices my priests make for me?
Am I receptive to their ministry on my behalf?

The Sacred Triduum

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

At long last we enter the Sacred Triduum,
literally “three days” that form a single celebration
of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We see, hear, we smell, we taste, we touch–we are immersed–in the mysteries of our salvation.
There are significant intermissions in this one celebration, so that we can go home and rest,
but the celebration we begin tonight will not end until Easter Sunday.
This is the culmination, the highest point, of the entire year.
Come, let us worship…

Entrance Antiphon:
We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.

Collect:
O God, who have called us to participate
in this most sacred Supper,
in which Your Only Begotten Son,
when about to hand Himself over to death,
entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity.
the banquet of His love,
grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery,
the fullness of charity and of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 (the first Passover)
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18 “Our blessing-cup is a communion with the blood of Christ”
I Corinthians 11:23-26 (the institution of the Eucharist)
+John 13:1-15 (Jesus washes His disciples’ feet)

We gird our loins
to eat the meal
that signals
our deliverance
because we are in flight
and time is short.

The Son of Man
girds up His loins
at this same meal
to wash our feet,
that in our flight
we may remember
to look out
for those in need.

Am I so intent on my own rescue that I leave others in the dust?
Are my loins girt for service?

Note:
There is a plenary indulgence available for the asking
for praying the “Tantum Ergo (Down in Adoration Falling)
during reposition after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight,
with the usual conditions of Confession, Communion, prayer for Pope Francis’ intentions
and no attachment to sin.

Wednesday of Holy Week

April 1, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Spy Wednesday!

Spy Wednesday is a popular term, not a liturgical one,
yet it describes Judas’ new position among the disciples.
Today he becomes a spy among the Twelve, an informer for the enemy,
waiting for the opportune moment to hand over his Lord to condemnation and death.

Entrance Antiphon:
At the Name of Jesus, every knee should bend, of those in Heaven and on the earth,
for the Lord became obedient unto death, death on a cross:
therefore Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Collect:
O God, who willed Your Son to submit for our sake
to the yoke of the Cross,
so that You might drive from us the power of the enemy,
grant us, Your servants, to attain the grace of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 50:4-9 (My face I did not shield from buffets and spitting)
Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34 “Lord, in Your great love, answer me.”
+Matthew 26:14-25 (Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed)

The weary
whom I rouse
may well attack,

but God would rather
they were either
hot or cold*.

I am prepared
to bear the blows
because the Lord
has got my back.

Do I value “peace at any price”?
Do I trust God to uphold me in conflict?

*see Revelation 3:16

Tuesday of Holy Week

March 31, 2015

JMJ

Blessed Tuesday!

Entrance Antiphon:
Do not leave me to the will of my foes, O Lord,
for false witnesses rise up against me and they breathe out violence.

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God,
grant us so to celebrate
the mysteries of the Lord’s Passion
that we may merit to receive Your pardon.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 49:1-6 (God has prepared His servant for a mission to the whole world)
Psalm 71:1-6, 17 “I will sing of Your salvation”
+John 13: 21-33, 36-38 (Jesus predicts Judas’ betrayal & Peter’s denial)

Before I saw
the light of day
the Lord had plans
for me,

already knew
what I’d go through,
beheld my failures
and my dreams…

and honored me.

Do I value the mission for which God created me?
Do I walk in the light or in darkness?

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