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Saturday Morning

Easter Octave

 

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.

 

Introduction

 

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 led forth His people with joy, with shouts of joy, His chosen ones, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Give thanks to the Lord, invoke His name; make known among the nations His deeds, Halleluia.
 
  • Halleluia, Halleluia. This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 105 [106]

The Mercy of God, the ingratitude of man.
 

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his kindness is everlasting.

Who can recount the mighty deeds of the Lord, or proclaim all his praises?

Happy are they who observe the precepts, who practice justice at all times.

Remember me, O Lord, as you show favour to your people; visit me with your help, that I may take delight in the happiness of your elect, that I may rejoice in the joy of your people, that I may glory with your inheritance…

Save us, O Lord, our God, and gather us from among the nations. That we may praise your holy name, and glory in your praise.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,  from age unto age: and let all people say: Amen! Halleluia.

 

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. John 20: 1 — 9

 

We tend to think we must understand Sacred Scriptures
before we can believe in what they teach. That’s what we call logic.
However it is not the logic which brought the early Christians
into the Church — especially the Gentile Christians.
St. John, in his record of the Gospel wrote of himself,
“and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not
understand the Scriptures, that he must rise from the dead.

Reflecting this model of spiritual humility, St. Anselm of Canterbury wrote:

“For I do not seek to understand that I may believe in order to understand.
For this I believe that unless I believe, I should not understand.

 

At that time, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and she saw the stone taken away from the tomb. She ran therefore and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and they went to the tomb. The two were running together, and the other disciple ran on before, faster than Peter, and came first to the tomb. And stooping down he saw the linen cloths lying there, yet he did not enter. Simon Peter therefore came following him, And he went into the tomb, and saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief which had been about His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded in a place by itself. Then the other disciple also went in, who had come first to the tomb. And he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise from the dead.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Morning

 

To the Paschal Victim let Christians offer a sacrifice of praise.
The Lamb redeemed the sheep. Christ, sinless, reconciled sinners to the Father.
Death and life were locked together in a unique struggle. Life’s captain died; now He reigns, never more to die.
Tell us Mary. “What did you see on the way?”
“I saw the tomb of the now living Christ. I saw the glory of Christ, now risen. I saw angels who gave witness; the cloths too which once had covered head and limbs.
Christ my hope has risen. He will go before His own in Galilee.”
We know that Christ has indeed risen from the dead. Conqueror and King, have mercy on us. Amen. Halleluia!

 

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
   
       
 

The two were running together, and the other disciple ran on before, faster than Peter, and came first to the tomb, 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

It is You, God, all-powerful, whom we have celebrated in these paschal festivities; through them may we attain to eternal joys. 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.

 

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