Paschaltide Devotions in Honor of the Resurrection of Our Divine Lord
Instruction and Reflection on Paschaltide
The Church celebrates the triumph of Jesus during the Paschal Time; thus the Solemnity of Easter marks the climax of the liturgical year. After the hard struggle against the powers of evil, the victorious Christ takes possession of the glorious life, which He will communicate to all those who, by Baptism, are united with Him in faith and love.
The Mystery of the Resurrection is called holy because in it Christ especially fulfills the conditions of holiness, namely, to be detached from every creature and sin, and to belong entirely to God. When Christ arose from the dead, He left in the tomb the linen cloths, which are the symbol of our sins and imperfections. He came forth triumphant from the sepulchre. In Him there is freedom, light, strength, beauty, life. His Divine Life is the model of ours, and He has merited for us the grace of living for God as He did. Through the Sacraments our souls are clad with Sanctifying Grace, the principle of Divine life. This life presupposes separation from all mortal and venial sin, so that the soul, being free, may act solely under the inspiration of grace and for God alone through faith and love. Then it is that Christ’s life blossoms forth in our soul, as St. Paul says, “It is now no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me” (Gal. 2:20). This, then, is the spirit of Easter, the Paschal grace: detachment from all that is human, earthly, created; the full gift of ourselves to God, through Christ!
“Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed.” (1 Cor. 5:7) Glory be to the Father…
V. “The right hand of the Lord has wrought strength; the right hand of the Lord has raised me up. Blessed is He Who cometh in the Name of the Lord. The Lord is truly God and He has shown forth unto us.” (Psalm 117:16,26)
R. “This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 107:24)
V. “Give glory to the Lord and call upon His Name; declare His deeds among the nations.”
R. “Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle; sing to the Lord through the whole world.” (Ps. 95:1)
To the Disciples at the Lake of Genesareth–
“When day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Young men, have you any fish?’ They answered Him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right of the boat and you will find them.’ They cast, therefore, and now they were unable to draw it up for the great number of fishes. The disciple whom Jesus loved said therefore to Peter, ‘It is the Lord.’ Simon Peter, therefore, hearing that it was the Lord, girt his tunic about Him and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came with the boat… When, therefore, they had landed, they saw a fire ready, and a fish laid upon it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and breakfast.’ And none of those reclining dared ask Him, ‘Who art Thou?’ knowing that it was the Lord. And Jesus came and took bread, and gave it to them, and likewise the fish…”
“A third time Jesus said to Peter, ‘Simon, son of John, dost thou love Me?’ And He said to Him, ‘Lord, Thou knowest all things, Thou knowest that I love Thee.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My sheep.'” (John 21:17.)
Let us Pray. O God, Who dost gladden us by the yearly Feastday of Our Lord’s Resurrection, deign to grant that we who celebrate these solemnities in time may reach heavenly joys in eternity; through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Hymn — Regina Cæli Laetare
Queen of Heaven, rejoice; Alleluia!
For He Whom thou didst merit to bear; Alleluia!
Has risen as He said; Alleluia!
Pray for us to God. Alleluia!
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia;
R. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia!
Let us Pray. O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life; through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.