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Sunday Morning

First Sunday after the Octave of Easter

 

Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

 

Also Called Low Sunday

“My Lord and my God!”
“Because you have seen Me Thomas, you believe;
blessed are they that have not seen and have believed.”
 

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

 

Throughout the week the new Christians kept their white baptismal robes. Yesterday they put them off; but the Church calls on them to prolong the feast of Easter in themselves by remaining faithful to the graces they have drawn from it (Prayer). Renewed ourselves in our spiritual lives by the Easter celebrations, let us listen to the Church’s pressing invitation; she speaks to us as well as to those who have just entered the Christian ranks.

We are not alone or without help in the life that we have embraced. The Church strengthens our faith, feeds our souls “with the pure milk of her teaching”, with the bread of the Eucharist; she makes us witnesses of Christ’s resurrection and of the victory which He won over the forces of evil.

 

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.

 
  • Halleluia, the stone was rolled back from the doorway of the tomb, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
  • Dearly beloved: All that is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.

 

  • Who is there that overcomes the world if not he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he who came in water and in blood, Jesus Christ; not in the water only, but in water and in the blood.
 
  • If you have risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.

 

  • If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God which is greater, that He has borne witness concerning His Son. He who believes in the Son of God has the testimony of God in himself.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.
Amen.

 

From Psalm 118 [119]

The Blessings of the Law.

Deal kindly with your servant, that I may live and keep your words.

Open my eyes, that I may behold the wonders of your law.

I am a pilgrim on earth; hide not your commands from me.

My soul is consumed with longing for your ordinances at all times.

You rebuked the proud; accursed are they who turn aside from your commandments.

Take away from me reproach and contempt, because I observe your decrees.

Though princes sit together and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes.

For your decrees are my delight; your statutes, my counsellors.

My soul is prostrate in the dust; revive me according to your word.

 

I have made known my ways and you answered me; teach me your statutes.

Make me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on you wondrous works.

My soul sheds tears because of sorrow; lift me up according to your word.

Keep me from the way of error and graciously grant me your law.

I have chosen the way of truth, I have set your ordinances before me.

I cling to your decrees; O Lord, put me not to shame.

I will run the way of your commandments, when you enlarge my heart.

 

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. John 20: 19 — 31

 

Our Lord Himself, by His appearances to the disciples,
consolidates our faith and tells Thomas of the value He attaches to it.
Happy are those who believe; they enjoy true life,
the life of the Spirit that Jesus breathes into them, giving them eternal peace.

 

Brethren: All we who have been baptised into Christ Jesus have been baptised into His death. For we were buried with Him by means of Baptism into death , in order that, just as Christ has arisen from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also may walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with Him in the likeness of His death, we shall be so in the likeness of His resurrection also. For we know that our old self has been crucified with Him, in order that the body of sin may be destroyed, that we may no longer be slaves to sin; for he who is dead is acquitted of sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live together with Christ; for we know that Christ, having risen from the dead, dies now no more, death shall no longer have dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives unto God. Thus do you consider yourselves also as dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
Press here for commentary on the above reading.
 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 

Easter Hymn for Morning

 

Eternal King of the blessed Creator of all things and the Father’s co-equal Son from all eternity.

When the world was at its beginning You created Adam and gave him the image of Your own likeness, joining a soul of noble destiny with substance of the earth.

But when an envious, deceitful enemy had covered mankind with the filth of sin, You clothed Yourself in man’s flesh and, a creator once again, gave man back the beauty he had lost.

Once You were born of a Virgin. Now born from the tomb, You command us, buried in sin to rise with You from the dead.

As our eternal shepherd You wash Your flock in the waters of baptism, where souls are cleansed and sins are buried.

And as our Redeemer, fastened to the Cross that we ought to have suffered, You gave Your blood to the last drop as the price of our salvation.

Free from sin’s foul death those who have been born again unto life and so, Jesus may You be our soul’s unending paschal joy.

Glory be to God the Father, and to the Son, who rose from the dead, and to the Paraclete, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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
   
       
 

God has given help to Israel His servant as He promised to Abraham and His descendants forever.

   
       

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

 

“The people that God has created for Himself in the waters of baptism
is a people of pure children; let it keep unspotted the whiteness of its new life”

(St. Clement of Alexandria)

 

God all-powerful, we have just celebrated the paschal festivals; grant by Your grace that we may preserve the spirit of them in our way of 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, world without end. 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