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HOW DO WE ENSURE A JOYFUL EASTERTIDE FOR WEEKS ON END?

THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE

“QUESTION: It is obviously right that Easter forms the high point of the liturgical year, but it seems to fizzle out a bit during Eastertide. Once we have celebrated the fact of the Resurrection, how do we keep going for weeks on end?

ANSWER: I suppose it is a weakness of fallen human nature that we are better at being miserable for weeks on end than rejoicing for the same amount of time. Perhaps too we can easily succumb to the failure of faith that sees the Resurrection as a heart-warming story rather than giving our real assent to its being the victory over sin and death and therefore the most important event in the history of the universe.

To begin with, on Easter Sunday, throughout the Octave, and for the first weeks of Eastertide, we focus on the historical event of the resurrection and the appearances of the risen Christ. We celebrate these events as real, not simply stories, and we rejoice that Christ who lives for ever is present in us and in the whole Church.

Fundamental to this rejoicing is the celebration of Baptism: we think especially of those who are baptised at Easter but we associate ourselves as those endowed with the sacramental character of Baptism, and mark this by the renewal of our own baptismal profession of faith. Naturally we then recall in the liturgy the early years of the Church, brought to life through the Holy Spirit. Hence we hear parts of Our Lord’s discourse to the apostles in which He promised the gift of the Holy Spirit, as well as passages from the Acts of the Apostles.

Pentecost encapsulates the whole of Eastertide in a feast that brings the themes of the resurrection, the gift of the Holy Spirit, baptism, and the Church together in a joyful conclusion of the season, which then gives way to an extended period in which we are called to reap the fruits of Eastertide in daily life. So rather than fizzling out, the celebration of the Resurrection is extended through the year until we prepare to celebrate it with full force once again.”
– This article by Fr Tim Finigan was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue April 18 2014. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 

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26th APRIL, GOSPEL READING (MARK 16:9-15)

GO OUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD; PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS.

Having risen in the morning on the first day of the week, Jesus appeared first to Mary of Magdala from whom he had cast out seven devils. She then went to those who had been his companions, and who were mourning and in tears, and told them. But they did not believe her when they heard her say that he was alive and that she had seen him.

After this, he showed himself under another form to two of them as they were on their way into the country. These went back and told the others, who did not believe them either.

Lastly, he showed himself to the Eleven themselves while they were at table. He reproached them for their incredulity and obstinacy, because they had refused to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News to all creation.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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“LORD, HELP US TO LIVE AS NEW PEOPLE”

LORD, HELP US TO LIVE AS NEW PEOPLE:

Lord, the Resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope. Help us to live as new people in pursuit of the Christian ideal. Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it. Amen.

 

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25th APRIL, GOSPEL READING (JOHN 21:1-14)

JESUS STEPPED FORWARD, TOOK THE BREAD AND GAVE IT TO THEM, AND THE SAME WITH THE FISH.

Later on, Jesus showed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.” They replied, “We’ll come with you.” They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night.

It was light by now and there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. Jesus called out, “Have you caught anything friends?” And when they answered, “No”, he said, “Throw the net out to starboard and you’ll find something.” So they dropped the net, and there were so many fish that they could not haul in. The disciple Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.” At these words, “It is the Lord”, Simon Peter, who had practically nothing on, wrapped his cloak round him and jumped into the water. The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net and the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land.

As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there, and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. Jesus said, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net to the shore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, “Who are you?”; they knew quite well it was the Lord. Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. This was the third time that Jesus showed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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25th APRIL, BIBLE READING (ACTS 4:1-12)

THIS IS THE ONLY NAME BY WHICH WE CAN BE SAVED.

While Peter and John were talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees. They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. They arrested them, but as it was already late, they held them till the next day. But many of those who had listened to their message became believers, the total number of whom had now risen to something like five thousand.

The next day the rulers, elders and scribes had a meeting in Jerusalem with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families. They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, “By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, “Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.”

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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“YOU CLEARED AWAY THE DARKNESS OF SIN”

It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind, to praise You Father and Your Only-Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Dear Father, by Your wondrous condescension of Loving-Kindness toward us, Your servants, You gave up Your Son.

Dear Jesus, You paid the debt of Adam for us to the Eternal Father by Your Blood poured forth in Loving-Kindness.
You cleared away the darkness of sin by Your magnificent and radiant Resurrection.
You broke the bonds of death and rose from the grave as a Conqueror.
You reconciled heaven and earth. Our life had no hope of eternal happiness before You redeemed us.
Your Resurrection has washed away our sins, restored our innocence and brought us joy. How inestimable is the tenderness of Your Love!
We pray You, Lord, to preserve Your servants in the peaceful enjoyment of this Easter happiness.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.
– St Gregory the Great

 

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“THE WORLD PASSES”, BUT I DO NOT WISH TO PASS WITH THIS WORLD

“O MY SAVIOUR, RECEIVE YOUR TRAVELLER, BEHOLD ME HERE, READY!

THE RESURRECTION

“O day of triumph for the Saviour! O day of joy for all the faithful. I adore you from my heart, O Jesus, triumphing over death. Truly, this day is your Passover, that is to say, your passing, in which you pass from death to life.

Give us the grace, O Lord Jesus, to make our Pasch with you, passing to a new and holy life.

‘The world passes’, but I do not wish to pass with the world; I wish to pass to my Father. This is the journey, which I have to make, I wish to make it with you. In the ancient passover, the Jews who went forth from Egypt in order to go to the Promised Land, had to appear in the garb of travellers, with staves in their hands, and to hasten to eat the Pasch, so that they might be ready to set out at any moment.

This is the state in which the Christian should place himself, in order to make his passover with Jesus Christ: O my Saviour, receive your traveller, behold me here, ready: I desire to pass with you from this world to your Father, since you have wished that he should be my Father also.

TO SET FREE THOSE WHOM THE FEAR OF DEATH HELD IN A PERPETUAL SLAVERY

My Saviour, I believe that you have not overcome death for your self alone. You have overcome it for us, who believe in you.

I adore you, O Jesus, my Redeemer. I adore you, O Jesus, come to life again, for yourself and for your followers, whom you have filled with your spirit, which is the spirit of eternal life. You have submitted to death, IN ORDER THAT DEATH MIGHT BE CONQUERED, AND SATAN DISARMED, and in order to set free those whom the fear of death held in a perpetual slavery. Let us, my soul, appreciate these words of our Saviour, which rob death of all its terrors: ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, even though he were dead, shall live; he who lives and believes in me, shall never die.’

I believe it, Lord, it is so; my sole Redeemer, I adore you.

O Jesus, you are, according to your word, ‘my resurrection and my life.’
– Bossuet

 

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