Category Archives: Easter

Two Were Bound For Emmaus

I’ve been an admirer of Bob Hurd for almost forty years. I’d like to meet the guy someday and talk theological shop. I had a dream two mornings ago that I was playing “Two Were Bound For Emmaus.” I was … Continue reading

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Zephaniah 3: A Just Remnant

The final oracle of the prophet Zephaniah is offered for an Easter Vigil reading in the Book of Common Prayer and for Byzantine Christians. The verses selected vary, with some overlap. The Orthodox use 8 through 15, the Anglicans 12 … Continue reading

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Isaiah 4: The Beautiful Branch

Last night, my boss and I were discussing this year’s Vigil in our time of concern. Rather than minimize readings, she talked our reluctant clergy into our “newest” normal, seven total. With people staying at home and no initiation sacraments, … Continue reading

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Easter: We Forgive Everything

From the Easter liturgy of the Orthodox Christians: Behold, today is the day of the resurrection: let us glory in the feast, let us embrace one another in joy and say: “O friends and enemies too: we forgive everything on … Continue reading

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Ascension, Still?

I was a bit surprised that my boss mentioned some continuing confusion on the day of Ascension.  Hence, a post-Communion announcement this past weekend that we would be celebrating the feast this coming weekend, not Thursday. This, from one of … Continue reading

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Blessed Feast of Easter

O splendor of the Father’s light that makes our daylight lucid, bright; O Light of light and sun of day, now shine on us your brightest ray. (St Ambrose, Gracia Grindal, trans., from the LBW, 1978)

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Glorious

From the collection Hearts on Fire, this prayer by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin for the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises: “Glorious Christ, you whose divine influence is active at the very heart of matter, and at the dazzling center … Continue reading

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Divine Mercy Sunday: Development or Distraction?

A facebook friend posted on this coming Sunday: … sometimes I feel liturgically bitter that Divine Mercy Sunday has kind of overrun the Second Sunday of Easter. I understand that the Gospel is about mercy, but the focus on Divine … Continue reading

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Saint Paul on Easter

The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since … Continue reading

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Later on Easter Sunday

I’m not just discussing the Gospel reading (Luke 24:13-35) in Lectionary #42 “(a)t an afternoon or evening Mass.” More and more, though, we are seeing evening Masses on regular Sundays. Especially where clergy are available to serve. How does an Easter … Continue reading

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Happy Easter

How often does Love have to tell us, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Our daily problems and worries can wrap us up in ourselves, in sadness and bitterness…and that is where death is. That is … Continue reading

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Easter Vigil Litany of Saints

My first exposure to John Becker’s setting was at an RCIA conference in 1993. Other musicians there were going ga-ga over it. And I admit my first impression was that it was a big improvement over the chant version* I … Continue reading

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Act of Hope

O my God, relying on your infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen. Liam mentioned this … Continue reading

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Time For Ascension

Relatively few people seem to miss last Thursday’s holy day. I noticed Raymond Arroyo’s Twitter feed got a bit cheeky–ashes for Monday for him in 2016. No need for that, really, as people do attend Ash Wednesday, on the day, in … Continue reading

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Blessed Easter To All!

Practice for that song in heaven, and be ready when you hear that animator announce: Praise our God, all you his servants,*and all who fear him, small and great.’ (Rev 19:5) Saint John testifies that he experienced “the voice of … Continue reading

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