PASCHALTIDE DEVOTIONS IN HONOR OF THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD


Instruction and Reflection on Paschaltide

The Church celebrates the triumph of Jesus during the Paschal Time; thus the Solemnity of Easter marks the climax of the liturgical year. After the hard struggle against the powers of evil, the victorious Christ takes possession of the glorious life, which He will communicate to all those who, by Baptism, are united with Him in faith and love.

The Mystery of the Resurrection is called holy because in it Christ especially fulfills the conditions of holiness, namely, to be detached from every creature and sin, and to belong entirely to God. When Christ arose from the dead, He left in the tomb the linen cloths, which are the symbol of our sins and imperfections. He came forth triumphant from the sepulchre. In Him there is freedom, light, strength, beauty, life. His Divine Life is the model of ours, and He has merited for us the grace of living for God as He did. Through the Sacraments our souls are clad with Sanctifying Grace, the principle of Divine life. This life presupposes separation from all mortal and venial sin, so that the soul, being free, may act solely under the inspiration of grace and for God alone through faith and love. Then it is that Christ's life blossoms forth in our soul, as St. Paul says, "It is now no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me" (Gal. 2:20). This, then, is the spirit of Easter, the Paschal grace: detachment from all that is human, earthly, created; the full gift of ourselves to God, through Christ!

"Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed." (1 Cor. 5:7) Glory be to the Father...

I. The Resurrection Foretold

"My Flesh dwells in obscurity. For Thou wilt not abandon Me to the underworld; nor wilt Thou permit Thy Holy One to see corruption." (Psalm 15:9-10)

"For even as Jonas was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." (Matt. 20:18-19)

"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up." (John 2:19) Our Father...

"After I have risen, I will go before you into Galilee..." (Mark 14:28)

Let us Pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we who celebrate the Feast of Easter, may with Thy help show its effects in our lives; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Sequence: "Victimae Paschali Laudes"
Sunday and Thursday

Christ the Lord is risen today, Christians, haste your vows to pay;
Offer ye your praises meet at the Paschal Victim's feet.

For the sheep the Lamb hath bled, sinless in the sinner's stead.
Christ the Lord is risen on high; now He lives, no more to die.

Christ, the Victim undefiled, man to God hath reconciled;
When in strange and awful strife met together Death and Life;

Christians, on this happy day haste with joy your vows to pay.
Christ the Lord is risen on high; now He lives, no more to die.

Say, O wond'ring Mary, say, what thou sawest on thy way.
"I beheld where Jesus had lain, empty tomb and Angels twain;

I beheld the glory bright of the Risen Lord of Light:
Christ my hope is risen again; now He lives, and lives to reign."

Christ, Who once for sinners bled, now the First-born from the dead,
Throned in endless might and power, lives and reigns forevermore.

Hail, Eternal Hope on high! Hail, Thou King of victory!
Hail, Thou Prince of Life adored! Help and save us, gracious Lord.
Amen. Alleluia!

"Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain to receive power and divinity and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing. (Apoc. 5:12)

Let us Pray. Accept, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy people with the oblation of sacrifice; that these Paschal mysteries which we have begun may by Thy grace afford us a healing remedy unto everlasting life; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

To the Apostles in the Supper Room--

"Jesus came and stood in the midst and said to them, 'Peace be to you!' And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and his side. The disciples therefore rejoiced at the sight of the Lord. He therefore said to them again, 'Peace be to you! As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you.' When He had said this, He breathed upon them, and said to them, 'Receive ye the Holy Ghost; whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.'" (Luke 24:36f.)

To Thomas--

"And after eight days, His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being closed, and stood in their midst, and said, 'Peace be to you!' Then He said to Thomas, 'Bring here thy finger, and see My hands; and bring here thy hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing.' Thomas answered and said to Him 'My Lord and My God!' Jesus said to him, 'Because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed. Blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.'" (John 20:26f).

Let us Pray. Pour into our hearts, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, that Thou mayest mercifully make to be of one mind, those whom Thou hast nourished with this Paschal Sacrament; through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Hymn -- Regina Cæli Laetare - Daily

Queen of Heaven, rejoice; Alleluia!
For He Whom thou didst merit to bear; Alleluia!
Has risen as He said; Alleluia!
Pray for us to God. Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia;
R. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!

Let us Pray. O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life; through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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