THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD - EASTER SUNDAY
Double of the First Class with privileged Octave of the First Order Feast
Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..
n this day, Jesus confounded all His enemies by clothing in glory and splendor, that Body which had been the Victim of the cruelty of man. Christ's triumph over death is the most conclusive proof of His Divinity and the foundation of our faith: "If Christ be not risen again your faith is vain." (1 Corinthians 15). On this, the greatest feast of the whole year, the Station was at St Mary Major, as on Christmas Day. The Church never separates Jesus from Mary, and today she glorifies the Son and His Mother in a common triumph.
The risen Christ pays a tribute of gratitude first of all to His Father (Introit). The Church for her part thanks God for having opened up again for us, by the triumph of His Son, the way to heaven, and solicits His help to the end that we may attain to this supreme good (Collect).
For that it is necessary, St. Paul tells us, that as the Jews ate the Paschal lamb with unleavened bread, so should we also partake of the Lamb of God with the unleavened bread of a pure and holy life (Epistle, Communion), that is to say free from the leaven of sin.
The Sequence gives the details of this immolation. Jesus triumphs on the cross and He comes triumphant out of the sepulchre.
The Gospel and the Offertory describe the coming of the Holy Women to anoint Christ. They find the sepulchre empty, but an angel reveals to them the great Mystery of the Resurrection.
Let us joyfully celebrate this day on which Jesus has brought us back to life by His Resurrection (Preface). And that it may be given to us to celebrate it through all eternity in Heaven (Secret), let us live a wholly new life.
READINGS FOR EASTER SUNDAY
[Ps 138: 18, 5-6] Resurrexi. I arose and I am still with Thee. Alleluia, alleluia! Thou hast laid Thine hand upon me, alleluia. Thy knowledge has become wonderful. Alleluia, alleluia. Lord, Thou hast probed me and known me. Thou knowest my sitting down and my rising up. ().
Glory be to the Father... I arose and I am still with Thee. Alleluia, alleluia! ...
Kyrie... and Gloria
Et cum spiritu tuo.
O God, who on this day, through Thine only begotten Son has overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life; do Thou follow with Thine aid the desires which Thou dost put into our minds, and by Thy continual help, bring the same to good effect.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
(1 Corinthians: 7-8) Brethren: Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new dough, as you really are without leaven. For Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us keep festival, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(Psalm 117: 24, 1)Haec dies quam fecit - This is the day which the Lord hath made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Give praise unto the Lord for He is good; for His mercy endures forever. V. Alleluia, alleluia! Christ, our pasch, is sacrificed. Alleluia! V.
Let peace be in Thy strength, and abundance be in Thy towers.
Christians! to the Paschal Victim offer your sacrifice of praise.
The Lamb redeems the sheep;
And Christ, the sinless One,
Hath to the Father sinners reconciled.
Together death and life
In strange conflict strove.
The Prince of Life, who died,
Now lives and reigns.
What thou sawest, Mary, say,
As thou wentest on the way.
"I saw the tomb wherein the living One had lain,
I saw His glory as He rose again;
Napkin and linen cloths, and angels twain:
Yea, Christ has risen, my hope, and He
Will go before you into Galilee."
We know that Christ has risen from the grave:
Hail, Thou, King of Victory, Have mercy Lord, and save. Amen. Alleluia.
Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.
(Mark 16: 1-7)
At that time, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome, brought spices that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb, when the sun had just risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll the stone back from the entrance of the tomb for us?" And looking up they saw that the stone had been rolled back, for it was very large. But on entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting at the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were amazed. He said to them, "Do not be terrified. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen. He is not here. Behold the place where they laid Him. But go and tell His disciples and Peter that He goes before you into Galilee; there you shall see Him as He told you."
Laus tibi, Christe.
Et cum spiritu tuo.
(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, by Thy operation may profit us for a healing remedy unto everlasting life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God... Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.
(1 Cor. 5: 7-8) Christ our Pasch is immolated, alleluia: therefore let us feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, alleluia. alleluia, alleluia!
Et cum spiritu tuo.
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 Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers