Friar’s Corner #675: 4/20/14: Solemnity of the Resurrection: Gloria and Creed: Proper Psalms.
Sunday, April 20: EASTER SUNDAY: Gloria and Renewal of Baptismal Promises: SOLEMNITY OF THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST: Gloria: Acts 10:34a, 37-42 (We ate and drank with Him after he rose from the dead.); Ps 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 (Seek what is above, where Christ is.); or 1 Corinthians 5: 6b-8 (Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough.); Sequence: (Christians, to the Paschal Victim offer your thankful praises!); Alleluia, alleluia! Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed; let us then feast with joy in the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia! John 20:1-9 (He had to rise from the dead.), Renewal of Baptismal Promises replaces the Creed.
Theme: JESUS IS RISEN, ALIVE, and GLORIFIED. ALLELUIA! AMEN!
So many books have been written about the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the savior of the human race. The whole Church life moves to Jesus Christ and flows from His wounded side. Easter is our greatest feast and we celebrate it for eight days. At the daily Masses this coming week we only read short parts of the resurrection stories. I think what is most helpful for our growth in faith is to take the time to sit down and read each of the gospel stories about the resurrection. Then take some notes and write for yourself one story from morning to night. Who saw Jesus first and last on that Sunday? What did Jesus tell them? How was He different from before His death? After that read the early part of Acts of the Apostles with the various sermons of St. Peter after Pentecost.