Sunday, April 17, 2022

Easter Sunday 2022

Truly it is worthy and just, right and profitable to salvation that we should give Thee thanks always and everywhere, o Lord, holy Father, almighty and everylasting God: For the most welcome time is now present to us, and the light of the longed-for night has come. For what can ever be found that is greater or better than to preach the might of the Risen Lord? For indeed, breaking apart the bonds of death, He hath this day taken up the banner of His Resurrection that is most dear to us, and returning from hell, brought man, who had been cast down by the envy of the enemy, in among the stars that looked on in wonder. O, the mystical and venerable exchanges that happen on this night! O, the kindly and everlasting blessings of Holy Mother the Church, that wishes to have aught that He might destroy, but longs to find what she might redeem! Mary rejoiced in the most holy birth of her Child; the Church exults in the beauty of the children she has begotten. Thus that blessed font that shone about the Lord’s pierced side, received the weight of their faults, that she on these sacred altars she might bestow the food of life for the everlasting life of the reborn. And therefore with the Angels and Archangels, with the Thrones and Dominations, and with all the army of the heavenly host, we sing the hymn to the glory, saying without end. Holy… (An ancient preface for the Mass of the Easter vigil.)

The Resurrection of Christ, by Jacopo Tintoretto, 1565
Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper et ubique gratias agere, Domine, sancte Pater, omnipotens aeterne Deus: adest enim nobis optatissimum tempus, et desideratae noctis lumen advenit. Quid enim majus vel melius invenire poterit, quam Domini resurgentis praedicare virtutem? Hic namque inferorum claustra disrumpens, carissimam nobis hodie suae resurrectionis vexillam suscepit, atque hominem remeans invidia inimici dejectum mirantibus intulit astris. O noctis istius mystica et veneranda commercia! O sanctae matris Ecclesiae pia sempiterna beneficia! Non vult habere quod perimat, sed cupit invenire quod redimat. Exultavit Maria in sacratissimam puerperi, exultat Ecclesia in filiorum suorum generationis speciem. Sic fons ille beatus qui dominico latere circumfulsit, molis (-es) excepit vitiorum, ut his sacris altaribus vitales escas perpetua vita conferat renatorum. Et ideo cum Angelis et Archangelis, cum Thronis et Dominationibus, cumque omni militia caelestis exercitus, hymnum gloriae tuae canimus sine fine dicentes: Sanctus…
TO all our readers, to your families and friends, we wish you an Easter filled with every joy and blessing in the Risen Lord - He is truly risen!

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