Blessings to all of you as we celebrate this most glorious day of the Resurrection! As was sung in the beautifully worded Easter Proclamation last night at the Easter Vigil:
“This is the night, when Christ broke the prison-bars of death and rose victorious from the underworld. Our birth would have been no gain, had we not been redeemed. O wonder of your humble care for us! O love, O charity beyond all telling, to ransom a slave you gave away your Son! O truly necessary sin of Adam, destroyed completely by the Death of Christ! O happy fault that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!”
I hope you have a chance to celebrate today with your family and/or friends Christ’s victory over sin and death. As we do, we keep in mind that the joy of this victory should stay with us all year long. As Pope Benedict XVI explains, “The Easter proclamation spreads throughout the world with the joyful song of the Alleluia. Let us sing it with our lips, and let us sing it above all with our hearts and our lives, with a manner of life that is ‘unleavened’, that is to say, simple, humble, and fruitful in good works. ‘Christ my hope is risen, and he goes before you into Galilee’ (Easter Sequence). The Risen One goes before us and he accompanies us along the paths of the world. He is our hope, He is the true peace of the world. Amen!”
As a reminder, we will not be having weekday Masses this week because I will be at home visiting my family.
Please note that next Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. Because our Confirmation Mass is happening at 3:00 that day, we will be doing our Divine Mercy devotions at 7:00 P.M. in the Paulding church. Please come and be part of the events for this beautiful feast day, and our patronal feast day! All are certainly welcome to come. The schedule will be as follows:
6:00 – 6:45 Confessions
7:00 Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Sung Divine Mercy Chaplet
Confessions until finished
A BLESSED EASTER TO YOU ALL!