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THE ALLELUIAS FOR WEEKDAYS OF THE EASTER SEASON BEFORE THE ASCENSION

1. Alleluia, alleluia!
It was ordained that the Christ should suffer
and rise from the dead, and so enter into his glory.
Alleluia!

2. Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord,
I know my sheep and my own know me.
Alleluia!

3. Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice,
says the Lord;
I know them and they follow me.
Alleluia!

4. Alleluia, alleluia!
You believe, Thomas, because you can see me.
Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.
Alleluia!

5. Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ, having been raised from the dead,
will never die again.
Death has no power over him any more.
Alleluia!

6. Alleluia, alleluia!
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ,
you must look for the things that are in heaven where Christ is,
sitting at God’s right hand.
Alleluia!

7. Alleluia, alleluia!
You, O Christ, are the faithful witness,
the First-born from the dead;
you have loved us and have washed away our sins
with your blood.
Alleluia!

8. Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ has risen and shone upon us
whom he redeemed with his blood.
Alleluia!

9. Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord, who hung for us upon the tree,
has risen from the tomb.
Alleluia!

10. Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ has risen: he who created all things
and has granted his mercy to men.
Alleluia!

11. Alleluia, alleluia!
We know that Christ is truly risen from the dead;
have mercy on us, triumphant King.
Alleluia!

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EASTER SUNDAY, GOSPEL READING (JOHN 20:1-9)

It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary of Magdala came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb”, she said, “and we don’t know where they have put him.”

So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in.

Simon Peter who was following now came up, went right into the tomb, saw the linen cloths on the ground, and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. Till this moment they had failed to understand the teaching of scripture, that he must rise from the dead.

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

 

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VICTIMAE PASCHALI LAUDES

Victimae paschali laudes
Immolent Christiani.
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
Reconciliavit peccatores
Mors et vita duello
Confixere mirando:
Dux vitae mortuus
Regnat vivus.

Dic nobis Maria
Quid vidisti in via?
Sepulchrum Christi viventis
Et gloriam vidi resurgentis:
Angelicos testes
Sudarium et vestes.
Surrexit Christus spes mea:
Praecedit suos in Galilaeam.
Scimus Christum
Surresisse a mortuis vere:
Tu nobis, victor Rex, miserere.
Amen.

Christians, to the Paschal Victim
Offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed
By the Lamb;
And Christ, the undefiled,
Hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
Death with life contended:
Combat strangely ended!
Life’s own Champion, slain,
Yet lives to reign.

Tell us, Mary:
Say what thou didst see
Upon the way.
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!
The angels there attesting;
Shroud with grave-clothes resting.
Christ, my hope, has risen:
He goes before you into Galilee.
That Christ is truly risen
From the dead we know.
Victorious King, thy mercy show!
Amen.

 

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BRING, ALL YE DEAR-BOUGHT NATIONS (HYMN)

Bring, all ye dear-bought nations, bring
your richest praises to your king,
alleluia, alleluia,
that spotless Lamb, who more than due,
paid for his sheep, and those sheep you.
Alleluia.

That guiltless Son, who bought your peace,
and made his Father’s anger cease,
alleluia, alleluia,
then life and death together fought,
each to a strange extreme were brought.
Alleluia.

Life died, but soon revived again,
and even death by it was slain,
alleluia, alleluia,
say, happy Magdalen, oh say,
what didst thou see there by the way?
Alleluia.

‘I saw the tomb of my dear Lord,
I saw himself and him adored,
alleluia, alleluia,
I saw the napkin and the sheet,
that bound his head and wrapped his feet.’
Alleluia.

‘I heard the angels witness bear,
Jesus is ris’n; he is not here;
alleluia, alleluia,
go, tell his followers they shall see,
thine and their hope in Galilee.’
Alleluia.

We, Lord, with faithful hearts and voice,
on this thy rising day rejoice,
alleluia, alleluia,
O thou, whose power o’ercame the grave,
by grace and love us sinners save.
Alleluia.

 

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ABOUT THE EASTER TRIDUUM

The greatest mysteries of the Redemption are celebrated yearly by the Church, beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and continuing until Vespers on Easter Sunday. This time is called ‘the triduum of the crucified, buried and risen’, it is also called the ‘Easter Triduum’ because during it is celebrated the Paschal mystery, that is the passing of the Lord from this world to his Father. The Church by the celebration of this mystery, through liturgical signs and sacramentals, is united to Christ, her Spouse, in intimate communion.

The Easter fast is sacred on the first two days of the Triduum, during which, according to ancient tradition, the Church fasts ‘because the Spouse has been taken away’. Good Friday is a day of fasting and abstinence; it is also recommended that Holy Saturday be so observed, so that, the Church, with uplifted and welcoming heart, be ready to celebrate the joys of the Sunday of the Resurrection.

It is recommended that there be a communal celebration of the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. It is fitting that the bishop should celebrate the Office in the cathedral with, as far as possible, the participation of the clergy and people. This Office, formerly called ‘Tenebrae’, held a special place in the devotion of the faithful, as they meditated upon the passion, death and burial of the Lord, while awaiting the announcement of the Resurrection.

For the celebration of the Easter Triduum it is necessary that there should be a sufficient number of ministers and assistants who should be prepared so that they know what their role is in the celebration. Pastors must ensure that the meaning of each part of the celebration be explained to the faithful so that they may participate more fully and fruitfully.

The chants of the people and also of the ministers and the celebrating priest are of special importance in the celebration of Holy Week and particularly of the Easter Triduum, because they add to the solemnity of these days, and also because the texts are more effective when sung.

Episcopal Conferences are asked, unless provision has already been made, to provide music for those parts which it can be said should always be sung, namely:
(a) The General Intercessions of Good Friday; the deacon’s invitation and the acclamation of the people;
(b) chants for the showing and veneration of the cross;
(c) the acclamations during the procession with the paschal candle and the Easter proclamation, the responsorial ‘Alleluia’, the litany of the saints, and the acclamation after the blessing of water.

Since the purpose of sung texts is also to facilitate the participation of the faithful they should not be lightly omitted; such texts should be set to music. If the text for use in the Liturgy has not yet been set to music it is possible as a temporary measure to select other similar texts which are set to music. It is, however, fitting that there should be a collection of texts set to music for these celebrations, paying special attention to:
(a) chants for the procession and blessing of palms, and for the entrance into church;
(b) chants to accompany the procession with the Holy Oils;
(c) chants to accompany the procession with the gifts on Holy Thursday in the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and hymns to accompany the procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the place of repose;
(d) the responsorial psalms at the Easter Vigil, and chants to accompany the sprinkling with blessed water.
Music should be provided for the Passion narrative, the Easter proclamation, and the blessing of baptismal water. Obviously the melodies should be of a simple nature in order to facilitate their use.
In larger churches where resources permit, a more ample use should be made of the Church’s musical heritage both ancient and modern, always ensuring that this does not impede the active participation of the faithful.

It is fitting that small religious communities, both clerical and lay, and other lay groups, should participate in the celebration of the Easter Triduum in neighbouring principal churches.

Similarly where the number of participants and ministers is so small that the celebrations of the Easter Triduum cannot be carried out with the requisite solemnity, such groups of the faithful should assemble in a larger church.

Also where there are small parishes with only one priest it is recommended that such parishes should assemble, as far as possible, in a principal church and there participate in the celebrations.

On account of the needs of the faithful, where a pastor has the responsibility for two or more parishes, in which the faithful assemble in large numbers and where the celebrations can be carried out with the requisite care and solemnity, the celebrations of the Easter Triduum may be repeated in accord with the given norms.

So that seminary students ‘may live fully Christ’s paschal mystery, and thus be able to teach those who will be committed to their care’, they should be given a thorough and comprehensive liturgical formation. It is important that during their formative years in the seminary they should experience fruitfully the solemn Easter celebrations, especially those over which the bishop presides.
– given at Rome, at the Offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship, 16 January 1988

 

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