EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m.,11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (note change in Mass time)
NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO 6:00 P.M. Mass
“CHRISTIAN, TO THE PASCHAL VICTIM OFFER YOUR THANKFUL PRAISES!”
These are the words that resonate throughout the world as the Church celebrates the Resurrection of the Lord. These are the words of the Sequence sung before the Gospel today. This Sequence is sung in all Catholic Churches the world over. The same words and in the same language – Latin -- makes our thankful praises rise before God. His Church, with one voice, remembers this day that the one who is Sinless gave his life for us sinners. May our joy be a sign of the depth of our gratitude!
The Sequence continues thus, “The Prince of Life, who died, reigns immortal”, a reminder of the victory of life over death and sin. Through Christ, in whom we believe, we are saved!
“Yes Christ, my hope is arisen; to Galilee he goes before you.” Those are some of the concluding words of the same Sequence. We, like Mary, and like the first disciples, are invited to place our hope in Christ who today rises from the dead. Let us place our hope in him, and come to the realization that he, who is our hope, is never far from us, he precedes us in the Galilees of our day-to-day life. May the Joy and Hope of Easter fill your hearts and bring you comfort. With Christ, eternal happiness is now possible. Christians offer thankful praise to the Paschal Victim!
A Happy and Holy Easter to all.