Prince of light and champion of God's warfare against the powers of darkness, Jesus has triumphed. "Christ has risen from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. . . . As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made to live" (I Cor. 15:20, 22). His death purchased life for every sinner who has added or will add pain to the wounds and thirst and desolation of Christ. All human beings were adopted as children of God and joint heirs with Christ, and no one is any longer excluded from heaven by original sin or by repented personal sin. The debt is paid. Heaven is open again.
Christ's victory is the victory of all mankind. The new creation has dawned. Jesus in His transformed humanity is, in germ, the world redeemed. He is the vital road along which Christians continue the victorious battle for souls. And seven sacraments feed divine life into the purchased souls of Christ's members.INTROIT (Ps. 138:18, 5-6)I arose, and am still with you, alleluia! You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia! your knowledge has proven wonderful, alleluia, alleluia!
Ps. 138:1-2. O Lord, You have proved me and You know me; You know when I sit and when I stand.
V. Glory be . . .
On this day, O God, You overcame death through Your only-begotten Son, and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. Help us continually to carry out by our actins the desires that You put into our hearts. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .
EPISTLE (I Cor. 5:7-8)
Brethren: Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you are unleavened. For Christ our pasch is sacrificed. Therefore, let us feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
GRADUAL (Ps. 117:24, 1)
This is the day the Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.
V. Praise the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.
Alleluia, alleluia! V. (I Cor. 5:7)
For Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed.
May you praise the Paschal Victim,
immolated for Christians.
The Lamb redeemed the sheep:
Christ, the innocent one,
has reconciled sinners to the Father.
A wonderful duel to behold,
as death and life struggle:
The Prince of life dead,
now reigns alive.
Tell us, Mary Magdalen,
what did you see in the way?
"I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ,
and I saw the glory of the Resurrected one:
The Angelic witnesses,
the winding cloth, and His garments.
The risen Christ is my hope:
He will go before His own into Galilee."
We know Christ to have risen
truly from the dead:
And thou, victorious King,
have mercy on us.
GOSPEL (Mark 16:1-7)
At that time, Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought sweet spices, that coming, they might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said one to another: "Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre?" And looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed with a white robe: and they were astonished. Who saith to them: "Be not affrighted. you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen: he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee. There you shall see him, as he told you."
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON (Ps. 75:9-10)
The earth was fearful and silent when God arose in judgment, alleluia!
Accept, O Lord, the prayers and sacrifice of Your people. May the beginning of this Easter celebration, through Your help, heal us for all eternity. Through Our Lord . . .
COMMUNION ANTIPHON (I Cor. 5:7-8)
Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed, alleluia! Therefore let us keep festival with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
O Lord, fill us with the spirit of Your love, so that by receiving this Easter Sacrament our hearts may be united in You. Through Our Lord . . .