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Easter Day Morning

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Halleluia.

 

The Christian Passover

 

Halleluia, or “Praise the Lord”, is an expression of joy and hope for the eternal happiness which our Lord obtained for us by His glorious Resurrection. The Church sings Halleluia today, and often during the Octave (1), because Christ is risen from the grave, and as St. Augustine says, “We have left the grave of sin, and are ready to walk in the way of the divine commandments.”

In the Latin Missal, Easter is called “Pascha,” a name chosen from the Hebrew word meaning “passing over”. The Jews celebrated the feast of “Passover” because the destroyer of the first-born of Egypt “passed over” the houses of the Israelites, who had sprinkled the transom and posts of their doors with the blood of the paschal lamb; and because the Jews were, in that same night, delivered from bondage, “passing over” through the Red Sea into the land of promise
(Exodus 12: 11). Since Christians have been redeemed and have “passed over” to the freedom of children of God, we too call the day of His Resurrection, “Pascha” or “Passover”.

The Paschal Season commemorates the triumph of our Lord. It is an invitation to spiritual joy. As Christ arose from the dead so must we rise from coldness and indifference to a life of fervor and holiness. Christ offered himself in complete holocaust on the Cross; we must offer ourselves completely to God through our risen Saviour; risen with Christ, we must “seek the things that are above”.

Christ promised the miracle of His Resurrection. He fulfilled that promise, proving His Divinity and giving our faith a sure foundation. He could have ended His stay on earth with His Resurrection on Easter Sunday, but He preferred to remain among His beloved for forty days:

1. To strengthen their faith in the mystery of the Resurrection. “To them also He showed Himself alive after His Passion by many proofs, during forty days appearing to them and speaking of the kingdom of God.” (Acts 1: 3).

2. To stimulate the hope of universal resurrection as the consequence and fruit of His glorious Resurrection.

3. To console the faithful for their sorrow during His Passion and Death.

Since Christ rose from the dead, we know that He is the Son of God, His doctrine is divine, His Church is true, and we, as members of His Mystical Body, provided we are His true disciples, shall one day rise with glorified bodies.

“It is Christ Jesus Who died, yes and rose again, He Who is at the right hand of God, Who also intercedes for us.” Who, then, “shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8: 34f)

Footnotes:

(1) The Octave of Easter — The word Octave can mean the 8th day, and the early Christians used this term as a reference to the Resurrection.

‘Octave’ also refers to the celebration of a single festival for 8 days. This had its origins in the Feast of Tabernacles (Luke 23: 36) and the Dedication of the Temple (2 Chronicles 7 : 9)

Interestingly, the first Christian baptisteries were octagonal as symbols of new life.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

 

In Time After Easter the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal — 1962.)

Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.

 
 
 

Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

 
  • I am who I am, and My counsel is not for the wicked, but my delight is in the law of the Lord, Halleluia.
 
  • I have asked My Father, He has given Me the nations, for an inheritance, Halleluia.
 
  • I lay down and slept; and I rose up again, for the Lord sustained Me, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 94 [95]

A Call to Praise God
 

 

Come let us rejoice in the Lord, let us shout with joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come into his presence with praises, with songs let us rejoice in him.

For the Lord is a mighty God, and a great King above all the gods:

In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the tops of the mountains are his.

The sea is his, for he made it, and the dry land, which his hands formed:

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord who made us.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand…

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end.

 

 

Reading — St. Mark 16: 1 — 7

 

Before the empty tomb an angel announces
to the holy women our Lord’s resurrection.
By the voice of the Church he speaks to us.
All the Gospels of the appearances of our Lord which
will be read to us this week should strengthen our faith,
just as the sight of the risen Christ confirmed the faith of His disciples.

 

At that time Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, brought spices, that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, ” Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us? And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, “Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Who was crucified. He has risen, He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him, as He told you.”

 
Press here for commentary on the above reading.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Morning

 

V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

R. For it is fitting and proper so to do.

It is fitting indeed and just, right and helpful to salvation for us always to praise You, O Lord, but more gloriously on this day above all others when Christ our Passover was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb Who has taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying has destroyed our death; and by rising again has restored us to life. And therefore with Angels, Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations (1) and with the whole host of the heavenly army, we sing a hymn to Your glory, saying again and again: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are filled with Your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

(1) Thrones and Dominations (or Dominions) The ranks of Angels as referred to by
St. Paul in Colossians 1: 15 — 17 and elsewhere.

 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon
   
       
 

And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen, Halleluia!

   
       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
Antiphon

Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

Today, Lord, through Your only begotten Son, the conqueror of death, You re-open the way to heaven for us. May Your grace inspire rightful desires in us and help us also in their fulfillment. This we ask of You through the same Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.
Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection