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Thursday 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.

 
  • They praised in unison Your conquering hand, O Lord, because wisdom opened the mouths of the dumb and gave ready speech to infants, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wondrous deeds, Halleluia.
 
  • This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it. The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. By the Lord has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 61 [62]

Trust in God
 

 

In God alone is my soul at rest, from him comes my salvation.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my defense: in no wise shall I waver.

How long will you rush upon a man, to overthrow him, all of you like a leaning wall  of a house, or a tottering wall of a city.

Truly, they plot to hurl me from my high place, they delight in lies; They bless with their mouth, and they curse in their heart.

In God alone be at rest, O my soul, for my hope comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation, my defense: I shall not waver.

God alone possesses my salvation, and my glory, the rock of my strength: my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before him: God is our refuge!

 

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: 11 — 18

 

The moving appearance of Jesus to Mary Magdalene shows another aspect of Christian life, no less dear to our hearts as believers; our personal belonging to Christ and the love which he bears to each one of His own.

 

At that time, Mary was standing outside weeping at the tomb So as she wept, she stooped down and looked into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet where the body of Jesus had been laid. They said to here, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” When she had said this she turned round and beheld Jesus standing there, and she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who do you seek?” She was thinking that He was the gardener, said to Him, “Sir if you have removed Him, tell me where you have laid Him and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” Turning she said to Him, “Rabboni!” (that is to say, Master). Jesus said to her “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father, but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God’.” Mary Magdalene came, and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord, and these things He said to me.”

 
 

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
   
       
 

Mary stood near the tomb, weeping.. Presently she saw two Angels sitting there in white, and also the linen that had been about the head of Jesus, 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

 

Introduction

 

Although we differ from one another in many ways,
baptism and the grace of Christ unite us all in one incomparably united family.

 

Lord, you have united the different peoples in a single, identical belief in Your divinity. To those who have just been re-born at the baptismal font grant that all may have the same faith within their souls, the same piety in their lives. 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