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Pentecost Sunday Dismissal

This coming Sunday, with the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost, marks the end of the Easter Season. And for that reason, for the Mass for Pentecost it is indicated in the Missal that the dismissal should have the beautiful … Continue reading

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Yet Another Painted Easter Candle

You can surely imagine my excitement at seeing yet another hand-painted Paschal Candle today, in the Chiesa Nuova (“New Church”), otherwise known as Santa Maria in Vallicella, the church in which St. Philip Neri is buried. See my previous posts about … Continue reading

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Christ, the Passover Lamb

CHRIST’S PASSOVER SACRIFICE: OUR NEW LIFE The knowledge that Christ is the Passover lamb who was sacrificed for us should make us regard the moment of his immolation as the beginning of our own lives. As far as we are … Continue reading

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The Wounds of Christ

During this Easter Octave – this past Tuesday, in fact – we heard the gospel passage in which St. Mary Magdalene had an encounter with the Risen Lord, mistook him for the gardener, then came to realize that it was really … Continue reading

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Do Not Regard As Ordinary

I read it every year, but it never fails to impress me. Here is an excerpt from the second lesson of the Office of Readings for the Saturday of Easter Week, taken from the Catecheses of St. Cyril of Jerusalem (4th … Continue reading

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Handel’s Messiah

This evening I took in a concert of Handel’s Messiah at the church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London. I enjoyed reading in the program this account of the success of its inaugural performance, in 1742: “Messiah was well received in Dublin. … Continue reading

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The Sign of Jonah

An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so … Continue reading

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Another Paschal Candle

Here is the Easter candle at the church of St. James, Spanish Place: See my previous post about hand-painted candles.

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Hand-Painted Easter Candle… and other photos

Be sure to take a glance at the photos of the Easter Vigil in the exceedingly beautiful (and yet unfinished!) Westminster Cathedral, London, where the liturgy daily is celebrated with reverence and beauty, and especially on the greater feasts. Perhaps … Continue reading

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The Empty Tomb

THE PASCHAL SEQUENCE Christians, to the Paschal victim offer your thankful praises! A lamb the sheep redeemeth: Christ, who only is sinless, reconcileth sinners to the Father. Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous: the Prince of life, … Continue reading

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Exult! Rejoice!

Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia! The Lord is truly risen, alleluia! I hope that many of you were able to participate in the Easter Vigil earlier in the evening and hear the beautiful chant, the Exsultet. Here is the Latin version as … Continue reading

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Getting Ready to Celebrate

I picked up some provisions today… …If it’s not too late after I get home tonight from the Easter Vigil, I might dive in. Otherwise, they’ll be waiting for me tomorrow!

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