Alleluia! It is Eastertide, my second favorite liturgical season! I pray that the Risen Christ inspires you all and that you have returned to worship Him with a glad and happy heart.
I do want to apologize for the lack of any type of posting the last few days. Lent and Holy Week take a lot out of me physically and I’ve needed a few days to rest.
I believe our next little reflection that I will take up is a study on the Book of Proverbs.
Please continue to keep me prayers as I pray for each of you daily, and most importantly: Remember God Loves You and So Do I!
Easter Day Principal Celebration
Introit: I have risen, and am present with thee, alleluia; thou hast laid thine hand upon me, alleluia; such knowledge is too wonderful for me, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. O Lord, thou hast searched me out and known me; thou knowest my down sitting and mine uprising.
Celebrant: The Lord is risen from the tomb, alleluia!
Who for our sake hung upon the tree, alleluia!
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Good Friday The Solemn Liturgy
The Church is bare of all ornaments, candles, and decorations. The Sacred Ministers are vested in black, and the Passion Deacons wear black deacons’ stoles. This service is normally held at noon, but may be used in the evening, especially in communities where few people will be able to attend at noon. The Holy Eucharist is not celebrated on this day.
The ministers enter in silence. They prostrate themselves before the altar and pray silently for a space, the congregation kneeling. Then the Ministers rise, and the Celebrant begins the liturgy as follows:
Celebrant: Blessed be our God,
Forever and ever. Amen.
Celebrant: Let us pray.
Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
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Maundy Thursday The Chrism Mass
On Maundy Thursday during the day is it appropriate for the bishop of the diocese to celebrate the Holy Eucharist in the cathedral and consecrate the holy oils to be used in the churches of the diocese during the coming year, and at the same time to hear the renewal of ordination vows of the priests and deacons of the diocese, as well as to renew the bishop’s own ordination vows. It is therefore appropriate for this Eucharist to be concelebrated by priests from all parts of the diocese. If there are suffragans, it may be convenient for them to have similar celebrations in other cities of the diocese, in order to allow more clergy and laity to participate.
The holy oils blessed at this service are Chrism, which is used for Confirmation, for the anointing of bishops, for the blessing of churches, altars, sacred vessels, and church bells, and, together with the Oil of Catechumens, for the blessing of fonts, the anointing of priests, and the coronation of the monarch (in countries ruled by a monarch); Oil of Catechumens, which is used for the anointing of baptismal candidates, and, with Chrism as indicated above; and Oil for the Sick. The Oil for the Sick is blessed after the Great Thanksgiving, but before the Lord’s Prayer; the other two oils after Communion, the Oil of Catechumens before the Post Communion Collect, the Chrism after it.
A table is set up in the chancel, and behind it the bishop’s chair. On the table are three vessels of oil, each covered with a silk cloth. The oil for Chrism is covered with a white cloth; the cloths covering the other oils may be of any colors. Also on the table is Balsam for the preparation of the Chrism. When the service is concluded, the oils are carried to the sacristy and distributed to the priests for use in churches during the coming year.
The order of entrance is as follows:
Thurifer and Boat-bearer
Crucifer and two Acolytes
Deacon of the Mass on left; Assisting Priest on right
Canons of the Cathedral
Note Bene: The People’s responses are in italics.
Presiding Bishop: Let us begin all things as we should. Bless the Lord who forgiveth our sins.
His Mercy will endure forever.
Presiding Bishop: Jesus Christ has made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Canon of the Cathedral: Collect: Almighty God, who by the power of the Holy Spirit anointed your Son to be Messiah and Priest forever: grant that all whom you call to his service may confess the faith of Christ crucified, proclaim his resurrection, and share with us in his eternal priesthood; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the same Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Now is the time to form a united front against the murderous rampage that has been plaguing our nation. The murder of the unborn. Time to find a few millstones.
Join together brothers and sisters and join me, I will be saying 10 Rosaries a day until the Holy Feast of Pentecost for the end of this murderous rampage!
The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
Celebrant: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. All: Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.
Celebrant: Let us pray. Assist us mercifully with your help, O Lord God of our salvation, that we may enter with joy upon the contemplation of those mighty acts, whereby you have given us life and immortality; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Here a Deacon or other person appointed reads one of the following
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew
1As Jesus and the disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the town of Bethphage on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead. 2“Go into the village over there,” he said. “As soon as you enter it, you will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will immediately let you take them.”
4This took place to fulfill the prophecy that said,
5“Tell the people of Jerusalem,
‘Look, your King is coming to you.
He is humble, riding on a donkey—
riding on a donkey’s colt.’”
6The two disciples did as Jesus commanded. 7They brought the donkey and the colt to him and threw their garments over the colt, and he sat on it.
8Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting,
“Praise God for the Son of David!
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!
Praise God in highest heaven!”
10The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. “Who is this?” they asked.
11And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
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