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Gaudium Paschale! Celebrate the EASTER mystery
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"Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken my Lord, and I don't know where they laid him." When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?" She thought it was the gardener and said to him, "Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him." Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to him in Hebrew, "Rabbouni," which means Teacher. Jesus said to her, "Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, 'I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord," and then reported what he had told her." (Jn 20:11-18)

"The Resurrection of Jesus is the crowning truth of our faith in Christ, a faith believed and lived as the central truth by the first Christian community; handed on as fundamental by tradition; established by the documents of the New Testament and preached as an essential part of the Paschal Mystery along with the Cross." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 638)

Do not seek the Living among the dead, He is risen and He precedes you in Galilee!< Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For just as in Adam all die, so in Christ shall all be brought to life.”
(1 Co 15; 20-22) 

Easter Prayer: Loving God, by this Easter mystery You touch our lives with the healing power of your love. You have given us the freedom to be children of God. May we who now celebrate your gift find joy in it for ever in heaven.
 Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

Alleluia ~ Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace is risen ~ Alleluia
THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!
Heaven and Earth rejoice in Your resurrection
In these holy days, the Risen Christ repeats His call to each one of us:
“Come and follow me! I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. I have overcome death!”
 
To follow Jesus Christ means to rise from the tomb of our sins and to allow the beauty of life, given to us by Christ through His Resurrection, to come to shine again in us. This Easter, let us then bury our sins once more… May good, peace, truth and love, rise within us. May Christ rise within us!
To all parishioners, visitors, friends, united Christian brothers, sisters and people of goodwill, a Blessed and Happy Easter!
May you have: The gladness of Easter which is hope; The spirit of Easter which is joy; The heart of Easter which is love.

Alleluia ~ He is risen that we may rise with Him ~ Alleluia
Khrystos Voskres! (Christ is Risen!) ~ Voistyno Voskres! (He is Truly Risen!) (Ukrainian)

PopeBenedict XVI's Urbi et Orbi Easter message 2012 'The Resurrection has changed the world' Vatican link
Bishop Christopher's Reflections for Easter 2012 (Mark)
(sorry, broken link)

May this Easter morn bring new birth, new joy, and "knowing" that  God holds YOU, lovingly, gently, "in the palm of His hand". May this day be the beginning of a life lived in Him, through Him,  for His glory. ~ (Lisa Anton)

May the Light of the resurrection accompany each one of us. 
May the sanctifying grace of the Risen Christ bring you and your families peace, joy and holiness.

Medjugorje past message of April 25, 2006: "Dear children! Also today I call you to have more trust in me and my Son. He has conquered by His death and resurrection and, through me, calls you to be a part of His joy. You do not see God, little children, but if you pray you will feel His nearness. I am with you and intercede before God for each of you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

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Reflection: On Easter Sunday, the Church is recollected in contemplation of the risen Christ. Thus she relives the primordial experience that lies at the basis of her existence. She feels imbued with the same wonder as Mary Magdalen and the other women who went to Christ's tomb on Easter morning and found it empty. That tomb became the womb of life. Whoever had condemned Jesus, deceived himself that he had buried his cause under an ice-cold tombstone. The disciples themselves gave into the feeling of irreparable failure. We understand their surprise, then, and even their distrust in the news of the empty tomb. But the Risen One did not delay in making himself seen and they yielded to reality. They saw and believed! Two thousand years later, we still sense the unspeakable emotion that overcame them when they heard the Master's greeting: "Peace be with you.'"....
...Christ's Resurrection is the strength, the secret of Christianity. It is not a question of mythology or of mere symbolism, but of a concrete event. It is confirmed by sure and convincing proofs. The acceptance of this truth, although the fruit of the Holy Spirit's grace, rests at the same time on a solid historical base. On the threshold of the third millennium, the new effort of evangelization can begin only from a renewed experience of this Mystery, accepted in faith and witnessed to in life.... Pope John Paul II

Prayer: God our Father, creator of all, today is the day of Easter joy. This is the morning on which the Lord appeared to men who had begun to lose their hope and opened their eyes to what the scriptures foretold: that first he must die, and then he would rise and ascend into his Father's glorious presence. May the risen Lord breathe on our minds and open our eyes that we may know him in the breaking of bread, and follow him in his risen life. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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Pope John Paul II's Easter message 2005 ~ "Jesus, Crucified and Risen, Stay With Us!"

Here is a translation of the message John Paul II wrote for Easter 2005, which was read on his behalf by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican secretary of state, at the end of Easter Sunday Mass. The Mass was celebrated in St. Peter's Square. [Original text: Italian - Translation issued by the Holy See]

1. "Mane nobiscum, Domine!" Stay with us, Lord! (cf. Luke 24:29). With these words, the disciples on the road to Emmaus invited the mysterious Wayfarer to stay with them, as the sun was setting on that first day of the week when the incredible had occurred. According to his promise, Christ had risen; but they did not yet know this. Nevertheless, the words spoken by the Wayfarer along the road made their hearts burn within them. So they said to him: "Stay with us." Seated around the supper table, they recognized him in the "breaking of bread" -- and suddenly he vanished. There remained in front of them the broken bread. There echoed in their hearts the gentle sound of his words.

2. Dear brothers and sisters, the Word and the Bread of the Eucharist, the mystery and the gift of Easter, remain down the centuries as a constant memorial of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ! On this Easter Day, together with all Christians throughout the world, we too repeat those words: Jesus, crucified and risen, stay with us! Stay with us, faithful friend and sure support for humanity on its journey through history! Living Word of the Father, give hope and trust to all who are searching for the true meaning of their lives. Bread of eternal life, nourish those who hunger for truth, freedom, justice and peace.

3. Stay with us, Living Word of the Father, and teach us words and deeds of peace: peace for our world consecrated by your blood and drenched in the blood of so many innocent victims: peace for the countries of the Middle East and Africa, where so much blood continues to be shed; peace for all of humanity, still threatened by fratricidal wars. Stay with us, Bread of eternal life, broken and distributed to those at table: give also to us the strength to show generous solidarity towards the multitudes who are even today suffering and dying from poverty and hunger, decimated by fatal epidemics or devastated by immense natural disasters. By the power of your Resurrection, may they too become sharers in new life.

4. We, the men and women of the third millennium, we too need you, Risen Lord! Stay with us now, and until the end of time. Grant that the material progress of peoples may never obscure the spiritual values which are the soul of their civilization. Sustain us, we pray, on our journey. In you do we believe, in you do we hope, for you alone have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68). "Mane nobiscum, Domine!" Alleluia!

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During Easter Season, the Regina Caeli link#2| link#3 | replaces the Angelus | link#2 | at morning, noon, and evening.
Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia: For He whom you merited 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. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

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"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world. Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice. But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." ~ Henry Knox Sherrill

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"Mass upon the Altar of the World" ~ A thought at Easter
It was during an expedition, in the stillness of the vast solitude of the Ordos desert that one Easter Sunday Pierre Teilhard de Chardin finished the mystical and philosophical poem, Mass upon the Altar of the World. Alone before God, he prayed with lyrical fervour:

'Christ of Glory, hidden power stirring in the heart of matter, glowing centre in which the unnumbered strands of the manifold are knit together; strength inexorable as the world and warm as life; you whose brow is of snow, whose eyes are of fire, whose feet are more dazzling than gold poured from the furnace; you whose hands hold captive the stars; you, the first and the last, the living, the dead, the re-born; you who gather up in your superabundant oneness every delight, every taste, every energy, every phase of existence, to you my being cries out with a longing as vast as the universe; for you indeed are my Lord and my God.'

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"Easter says to us that despite everything to the contrary, his will for us will prevail, love will prevail over hate, justice over injustice and oppression, peace over exploitation and bitterness." ~  Desmond Tutu

1 TREE + 3 NAILS = 4 GIVEN ~ anon

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Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. ~ C. S. Lewis
Christ is not valued at all unless He is valued above all. ~ St. Augustine of Hippo