Easter Sunday

Sunday 4 April 2010

Easter Sunday
1st Class, White


Deus, qui hanc sacratissimum noctem gloria dominicae Resurrectionis illustras: conserva in nova familiae tuae progenie adoptionis spiritum, quem dedisti; ut, corpore et mente renovati, puram tibi exhibeant servitutem. Per eumdem Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.

Let us Pray:

O God, who dost illuminate this most holy night by the glory of the Lord's Resurrection, preserve in the new children of Thy family the spirit of adoption which Thou hast given; that renewed in body and mind, they may render to Thee a pure service. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
[vigil Mass of Easter]


Deus, qui hodiérna die per Unigénitum tuum, æternitátis nobis áditum devícta morte reserásti : vota nostra, quæ prævéniéndo aspíras, étiam adjuvándo proséquere. Per eúmdem Dóminum.

Let us pray:

O God, who this day by thine only-begotten Son, vanquishing death, hast unlocked for us the gate of eternity, help us to attain the desires to which thou hast led us by thine inspirations. Through the same.
[Mass of Easter-Day]


Holy Saturday is liturgically a day of deepest mourning, a day which the Church spends at our Lord's sepulcher, meditating on His Sacred Passion and Death. There is no Mass; the sacred altar is bare

The Solemn Easter Vigil service [instituted by permission of Ven. Pius XII in 1951 and made obligatory in 1956], is intended to show liturgically how life and grace flow to us from the death of our Lord; the Light of the World is exhibited under the symbol of the Paschal Candle, dispelling the night of sin by the light of grace; the Exultet - the Easter Proclamation – is the song that heralds Easter, singing of the brightness of the holy night of Resurrection; the Lessons taken from the ancient prophecies tell of God's wonderful dealings with His people under the Old Covenant faint types of the glorious happenings that were to come to pass under the New; the water for Baptism is blessed – those waters in which those who have been buried along with Christ, die to sin and with Him rise to walk in newness of life; this grace He has won for us, and in Baptism bestowed on us; by renewal of our baptismal promises we publicly announce our purpose to show forth this newness in our daily lives; and finally the Church Triumphant is called on to intercede for us, and the Mass of the Resurrection begins.

In the Liturgy of Eastertide, we commemorate the various appearances of Our Lord, during which He instructed His Apostles and prepared them for the Descent of the Holy Ghost and His own Ascension. The triumph and joy of Eastertide is reflected in the decoration of the sanctuary and the priest’s use of white vestments, symbolizing joy and purity.

The "Asperges me" is supplanted by the "Vidi Aquam." Which refers to the waters of Baptism. Every year at Easter the Church rejoices for a double reason: Until Ascension Day, the paschal candle shines in the sanctuary as a symbol of the visible presence of Our Lord upon earth, and white vestments are used. The joyful repetition of "Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia" which was omitted since Septuagesima, follows every Introit, Antiphon Verse, and Response as a sign of joy and peace.

Note: Compline, Matins and Lauds are not said by those attending the Solemn Easter Vigil.


(image: Priestly Fraternity of St Peter;
more photos from the last year of Seminary life are available on the FSSP website here.)

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