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Easter Sunday

March 31, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

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)
OR +Luke 24:1-12 (The women meet an angel at the tomb, Peter runs to the tomb)

Not all can see
the Risen Christ

God…granted that He be visible,
not to all,
but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance
~Acts 10:40-41

So many, steeped in darkness
cannot tell
the Light has come!
still bound by chains
to things of earth,
contaminated
with the putrid yeast of sin.

We must be Magdalenes of mercy!
swift of foot
to tell the news,
to send them flying to the tomb,
to lift their hearts
to holy heights
where Christ is seated
with of the Lord,
to bid them join our celebration,
now that mercy’s been out-poured.

Our joy increases
when it’s shared!

The Risen One cannot be seen like a piece of wood or stone.
He can only be seen by the person to whom He reveals Himself.
And He only reveals Himself to the one He can entrust with a mission…
Seeing must not remain just seeing;
it must become love and witness.
-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

Does your life make Jesus’ resurrection visible to those around you?

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