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Monday Morning


Easter Octave 


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




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.





The Octave of Easter (or Easter week as perhaps it is more often called now) was formerly one long festival, during which servile work was forbidden. Each day the new members of the Church were present at the celebration of the Eucharist wearing their white robes, the symbol of their new state.
The week for them was a continual spiritual feast. During the whole week we hear sometimes about the Resurrection and some times about Baptism. Let us all be of one mind and heart, in proclaiming together our new faith in the risen Christ Jesus, our Lord, and through baptism our share in His Resurrection.


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.

  • The Lord has brought you into a land flowing with milk and honey, thus the law of the Lord will ever be on your lips, Halleluia, Halleluia.
  • Give thanks to the Lord, invoke His name; make known among the nations His deeds.
  • This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. Let the house of Israel say that He is good, that His mercy endures forever.

From Psalm 14 [15]

The Ideal Man of God

O Lord, who may be a guest in your tabernacle, who may dwell upon your holy mountain?

He who lives blamelessly and practises justice and thinks truthfully in his heart, and has no slander on his tongue;

Who does no evil to his fellow, nor casts slurs upon his neighbour;

Who holds the sinner in disdain, but honours those who fear the Lord.


Who, even if he swears to his own injury, retracts not, who puts not out his money to usury though it be to his loss, changes not his pledged word; who lends not his money for usury, nor takes bribes against  the innocent.

Whoever does these things shall never waver.

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.


Reading — St. Luke 24: 13 — 35


When He appeared to the disciples of Emmaus, Jesus Himself,
“beginning at Moses and all the prophets,”
reminded them of whatever in them concerned Him.
From the very beginning the twofold witness
to the Christian faith that solid basis on which it continues to rest.

The Easter festival well deserves to be called the “Lord’s Day”
(as it is in our acclamation this whole octave-week)
for Christ’s victory was the beginning of the new world leading to eternity.


At that time, two of the disciples of Jesus were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which is sixty stadia (1) from Jerusalem. And they were talking to each other about all these things that had happened. And it came to pass, while they were conversing and arguing together, that Jesus Himself also drew near and went along with them; but their eyes were held, that they should not recognise Him. And He said to them, “What words are these that you are exchanging as you walk and are sad?” But one of them, named Cleophas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “Concerning the prophet, mighty in work and word before God and all the people; and how our chief priests and rulers delivered Him up to be sentenced to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He Who should redeem Israel. Yes and besides all this, today is the third day since these things came to pass. And moreover, certain women of our company, who were at the tomb before it was light, astounded us, and not finding His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He is alive. So some of our company went to the tomb, and found it even as the women had said, but Him they did not see.” But He said to them, O foolish ones and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things before entering into His glory?” And beginning with Moses and with all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things referring to Himself. And they drew near to the village to which they going, and He acted as He was going on. And they urged Him saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting towards evening, and the day is now far spent.” And He went in with them. And it came to pass when He reclined at at table with them, that He took bread and blessed and broke and began handing it to them. And their eyes were opened, and they recognised Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to each other, “Was not our heart burning within us while He was speaking on the road and explaining to us the Scriptures?” And rising up that very hour, they returned to Jerusalem, where they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon.” And they themselves began to relate what had happened on the journey, and how they recognised Him in the breaking of the bread.

(1)   Sixty stadia   —   Approximately 7 miles or 11 kilometres.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Easter Hymn for Evening

We call on the whole of creation (the heavens, the earth and the Church) to join us in rejoicing at the Lord’s victory over death.

●    Let the angelic choirs of heaven now rejoice; let the divine mysteries be
     celebrated with joy; and let the trumpet of salvation resound for victory of so
     great a King.

●    Let the earth also rejoice, illumined with such resplendent rays; and
     enlightened with the brightness of the eternal King, let it feel that the darkness
     of the whole world is dispersed.

●    Let also our mother the Church rejoice, adorned with the brightness of so great
     a light; and may this temple (1) resound with the joyful voices of the people.

(1)   This temple — echoes of the Dedication of the temple in 2 Chronicles 7: 9.
Here the Church, the Body of Christ, is the new temple of God’s Presence in the world.
(John 2: 19 and 1 Cor. 12: 12 — 14)


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.


Jesus drew near to His disciples on the road and went along with them; but their eyes were held, that they should not recognise Him. And He chided them, saying, “O foolish and slow of heart to believe in all the prophets have spoken,” 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.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



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.




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.





Lord, in this Paschal mystery You have saved the world. Please support Your people with Your grace, that they main attain to perfect freedom and walk in the way of eternal life. This we ask of You through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever.




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.


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