The Lord is Risen! Surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia!
This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein.
The Night between Saturday and Sunday has well nigh run its course, and the day-dawn is appearing. The Mother of Sorrows is waiting, in courageous hope and patience, for the blissful moment of her Jesus’ return. Magdalene and the other holy Women have spent the Night in watching, and are preparing to start for the Sepulchre. In Limbo, the Soul of our Crucified Lord is about to give the glad word of departure to the myriads of the long-imprisoned holy Souls, who cluster round him in adoring love. Death is still holding his silent sway over the Sepulchre, where rests the Body of Jesus. Since that day when he gained his first victim, Abel, he has swept off countless generations; but never had he held in his grasp a Prey so noble as this that now lies in the Tomb near Calvary. Never had the terrible sen tence of God, pronounced against our First Parents, received such a fulfilment as this; but, never had the Widow of Nairn, and Lazarus, were reclaimed from the bondage of this tyrant Death : but he re gained his sway over them all. But his Victim of Calvary is to conquer him for ever, for this is He of whom it is written in the Prophecy: O Death! will be thy death, yet a few brief moments, and the battle will be begun, and Life shall vanquish Death. As Divine Justice could not allow the Body that was united to the Word to see corruption, and there wait, like ours, must, for the Archangel’s word to rise and come to Judgment, so, neither, could it permit the dominion of Death to be long over such a Victim. This Jesus had said to the Jews: A wicked generation seeketh a sign; and a sign shall not be given it, but that of Jonas the Prophet. Three days in the Tomb, the afternoon and night of Friday, the whole of Saturday, and a few hours of the Sunday, oh! yes, these are enough: enough to satisfy Divine Justice; enough to certify the Death of the Crucified, and make his triumph glorious; enough to complete the Martyrdom of that most loving of Mothers, the Queen of Sorrows. No man taketh away my life from me: I lay it down of myself: I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again? Thus spoke our Redeemer to the Jews before his Passion: now is the hour for the fulfillment of his words, and Death shall feel their whole force.
Dom Gueranger, O.S.B.
FEAST OF FEASTS / SOLEMNITY OF SOLEMNITIES
EASTER SUNDAY – PASCHAL TIDE
Double of the First Class Feast with privileged Octave of the first Order
White Vestments – Missa ‘Resurrexi’
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Psalm 138. 18, 5-6
Resurrexi, et adhuc tecum sum, allelúia: posuísti super me manum tuam, allelúia: mirábilis facta est sciéntia tua, allelúia, allelúia. Ps. 138: 1-2 Dómine, probásti me, et cognovísti me: tu cognovísti sessiónem meam et resurrectiónem meam. V. Gloria Patri.
I arose and am still with Thee, alleluia: Thou hast laid Thine hand upon me, alleluia: Thy knowledge is become wonderful, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. Lord, Thou has searched me and known Me: Thou knowest my sitting down and my rising up. V. Glory be to the Father.
O God, who, on this day, by thy only begotten Son’s victory over death, didst open for us a passage to eternity; grant that our prayers, which thy preventing grace inspireth, may by thy help become effectual Through the same…
Lesson of the Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
1 Corinthians 5: 7-8
Brethren: Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal, is sacrificed. Therefore let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
God commanded the Israelites to use Unleavened Bread when they ate the Paschal Lamb; hereby teaching them, that, before partaking of this mysterious food, they should abandon their sins, which are signified by Leaven. We Christians, who are called to the New Life which Jesus has created for us by his Resurrection, — must, henceforth, be in tent on good works, as the Unleavened Bread, where with we must receive the Paschal Lamb, our Easter banquet.
Psalm 117: 24,1
This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be glad in it. V. Give praise unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.
1 Corinthians 5: 7
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Christ our Pasch is sacrificed.
To the Paschal Victim, hymns of praise, Come, ye Christians, joyous raise! Lamb unstained, unmeasured price hath paid Ransom for the sheep that strayed. To a Father kind, rebellious men Sinless Son hath led again: Life and death in combat fierce engage, Marvel dazzling every age. Prince of life, by hellish monster slain, Liveth now, shall ever reign. Tell us, Mary, thou our herald be, What in passing thou didst see?
Empty tomb, where Christ, now living, lay, Angels saw I in bright array, Shroud and vesture loosely cast aside Prove clear: He is risen glorified Yea! my hope hath snapped the fatal chain, Death has smote and risen again: Quick before you, sped to Galilee. Christ in glory haste to see. Know we now that Christ hath truly risen, Wrenched the gates of hell’s dark prison. Hail, Thou Victor! Hail, Thou glorious King, Help and save us while we sing. Amen. Alleluia.
Mark 16: 1-7
At that time, Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought sweet spices, that coming they might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said one to another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe, and they were astonished. Who saith to them: Be not affrighted; ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: He is risen, He is not here; behold the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples, and Peter, that He goeth before you into Galilee: there you shall see Him, as He told you.
He is risen: he is not here! The Corpse, — laid, by the hands of them that loved their Lord, on the slab that lies in that Cave, — is risen ; and, without removing the Stone that closed the entrance, has gone forth, quickened with a life, which can never die. No man has helped him. No Prophet has stood over the dead body, bidding it return to life. It is Jesus himself, and by his own power, that has risen. He suffered Death, not from necessity, but because he so willed; and, again, because he willed, he has delivered himself from its bondage. 0 Jesus! thou, that thus mockest Death, art the Lord our God! We reverently bend our knee before this empty Tomb, which is now for ever sacred, because, for a few hours, it was the place of thy abode. Behold the place where they laid him! Behold the winding-sheet and bands, which rest to tell the mystery of thy having once been dead! The Angel says to the women: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified! The recollection makes us weep. Yes, it was but the day before yesterday, that his Body was carried hither, mangled, wounded, bleeding. Here, in this Cave, from which the Angel has now rolled back the Stone, — in this Cave, which his presence fills with a more than mid-day brightness, — stood the afflicted Mother. It echoed with the sobs of them that were at the Burial, — John and the two disciples, Magdalene and her companions. The sun sank beneath the horizon, and the first day of Jesus’ Burial began. But the Prophet had said: In the evening, weeping shall have place; and in the morning, gladness. This glorious, happy Morning has come, O Jesus! and great indeed is our gladness, at seeing that this same Sepulchre, whither we followed thee with aching hearts, is now but the trophy of thy victory! Thy precious Wounds are healed! It was we that caused them; permit us to kiss them. Thou art now living, more glorious than ever, and immortal. And because we resolved to die to our sins, when thou wast dying in order to expiate them, — thou wiliest, that we, too, should live eternally with thee; that thy victory over Death should be ours; that Death should be for us, as it was for thee, a mere passing to immortality, and should, one day, give back, uninjured and glorified, these bodies which are to be lent, for a while, to the Tomb. Glory, then, and honor, and love, be to thee, O Jesus! Who didst deign not only to die, but to rise again, for us!
Dom Gueranger, O.S.B. – The Liturgical Year
Traditional Latin Catholic Mass: Easter Sunday
Traditional Latin Mass filmed on Easter Sunday in 1941 at Our Lady of Sorrows church in Chicago. The film presents the ceremonies of the Missa Solemnis or Solemn High Mass in full detail with narration by then-Mgr. Fulton J. Sheen.
Psalm 75: 9-10
The earth trembled and was still when God arose in judgment, alleluia.
Accept, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the prayers of Thy people with the oblation of sacrifice; that what we have begun by these Paschal mysteries, may by Thy operation, profit us for a healing remedy unto everlasting life. Through our Lord.
PREFACE OF EASTER
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that at all times, but more especially on this day we should extol Thy glory, O Lord, when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb that hath taken away the sins of the world. Who by dying hath overcome our death, and by rising again hath restored our life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dóminus, Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt coeli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus, qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.
1 Corinthians 5: 7-8
Christ our Pasch is immolated, alleluia: therefore let us feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Pour forth upon us, O Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, that by Thy loving kindness Thou mayest make to be of one mind, those whom Thou hast fed with these Paschal sacraments. Through our Lord.
Easter homily by St John Chrysostom
If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival.
If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord.
If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense.
If anyone has labored from the first hour, let them today receive the just reward.
If anyone has come at the third hour, with thanksgiving let them feast.
If anyone has arrived at the sixth hour, let them have no misgivings; for they shall suffer no loss.
If anyone has delayed until the ninth hour, let them draw near without hesitation.
If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let them not fear on account of tardiness.
For the Master is gracious and receives the last even as the first; He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.
He has mercy upon the last and cares for the first; to the one He gives, and to the other He is gracious.
He both honors the work and praises the intention.
Enter all of you, therefore, into the joy of our Lord, and, whether first or last, receive your reward.
O rich and poor, one with another, dance for joy!
O you ascetics and you negligent, celebrate the day!
You that have fasted and you that have disregarded the fast, rejoice today!
The table is rich-laden: feast royally, all of you!
The calf is fatted: let no one go forth hungry!
Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness.
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed.
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave.
Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free.
He that was taken by death has annihilated it!
He descended into Hades and took Hades captive!
He embittered it when it tasted His flesh! And anticipating this, Isaiah exclaimed: “Hades was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions”.
It was embittered, for it was abolished!
It was embittered, for it was mocked!
It was embittered, for it was purged!
It was embittered, for it was despoiled!
It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!
It took a body and came upon God!
It took earth and encountered Ηeaven!
It took what it saw, but crumbled before what it had not seen!
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the first-fruits of them that have slept.
To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages.
Regina cæli, lætare, alleluia: Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia, Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. Gaude et lætare, Virgo Maria, alleluia. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia. Has risen, as He said, alleluia. * Pray for us to God, alleluia. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
* St Gregory the Great heard angels chanting the first three lines one Easter morning in Rome, while following barefoot in a great religious procession of the icon of the Virgin painted by Luke the Evangelist. He was thereupon inspired to add the fourth line.