notes: Eastertide

Notes for the Liturgy during Eastertide

1. During Paschaltide the Gloria is said at Mass on ferias but not at fourth class votive Masses, except those of the Blessed Virgin on Saturdays and of the Angels. The Paschal candle is lit for Mass and Vespers until the Ascension except when black or violet vestments are worn. Vidi aquam replaces Asperges me until Pentecost Sunday inclusive. Throughout Eastertide, there are two Alleluia Antiphons between the Epistle and the Gospel.

2. The Octave of Easter is first class and only privileged commemorations are allowed on the days of the Octave. Two Alleluias are added to the Ite Missa est and the Deo gratias during the Octave of Easter, except on Low Sunday (Dominica in Albis/Divine Mercy Sunday). Easter Friday is not a day of abstinence of penitential observance.

3. April 19th is Divine Mercy Sunday. A plenary indulgence is granted to those who take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or in the tabernacle, recite one Our Father, and the Creed, asking a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus. Those who for a just cause cannot get to Church can gain indulgence by reciting one Our Father, the Creed and a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus before an image of the Divine Mercy.

4. April 24th is the Anniversary of the Installation of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI as Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church. The orations "pro papa" are added under a single conclusion to the orations of the day, even at sung Mass. Cathedral and Collegial Churches must celebrate the votive Mass of Coronation of 2nd Class. Other Churches may do so.

5. On Saturday April 25th the Greater Litanies are said. The Mass of St Mark is celebrated today with a commemoration of the Major Litanies, even at sung Masses. If there is a procession during which the Greater Litanies are sung before Mass, the Rogation Mass then begins with incensation of the Altar and the Introit. Saint Mark is not commemorated if the Mass is sung. Those obliged to say the Divine Office must say the Litanies in private even if they don't attend the procession.

(excerpted/adapted from the 2009 Liturgical Ordo, Priestly Fraternity of St Peter)

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