Today we celebrate the central mystery of our faith: the resurrection of the Lord from the dead. Today we are asked to believe and proclaim the unbelievable: that he who was dead has arisen and is alive. The gospel offers us no conclusive proof, only an empty tomb and burial cloths.

1440FraAngelicoFrescoResurrectionofChristandWomenattheTombfrescoConventofSanMarcoFlorence_small1Our model is the Apostle John:

“He saw and believed.” (Gospel) We are asked to profess our faith by renewing our baptismal promises. It is all about faith: trust in God, in the scriptural accounts of the witnesses, in the Church and her two millennia of Tradition. By our faith and witness, we continue that living Tradition.

A few verses from today’s Sequence, the Victimæ Paschali, poetically express the meaning of Christ’s resurrection for us:

Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous;
The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.…
Christ indeed from death is risen, our new life obtaining.
Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!
Amen. Alleluia.

During the Easter season–that is, from now through Pentecost –the Regina Cæli replaces the Angelus. Here is the text.

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 your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant, we beg you, 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. Amen.

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