There is a popular Easter Antiphon that is addressed to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It commonly goes by it’s Latin title, Regina Caeli:
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia; Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia, The Son you merited to bear, alleluia.
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia: Has risen as he said, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia. Pray to God for us, alleluia.
This hymn has been compared to the angel Gabriel’s greeting of the Blessed Virgin Mary when he announced that Mary would bear the Savior of the world. Maybe the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary again after Jesus rose from the dead to give the joyful message that He has risen.
On Good Friday, we are left with Mary at the tomb. She has watched her son be abandoned, mistreated, beaten, scourged, killed. Then His corpse is placed in her arms as the tomb is prepared. She watched the body of Christ be laid in the tomb and sealed by the stone.
Mary would have pondered these things in her heart. She would probably remember all the different moments of Jesus’ life, especially those of His childhood: the flight into Egypt and the finding in the Temple. His public life would also be firmly planted in her memory; she would recall the wedding feast at Cana and the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Of course the events of the previous days would also be seared into her heart. Truly a sword has pierced her heart.
In the midst of confusion, sadness, and questions, Jesus rose from the dead. Imagine if the angel Gabriel greeted her on that Sunday morning with these words. “He has Risen!” It is an unimaginable joy. He has conquered the enemies of humanity: sin, death, and evil.
May we experience the joy of Jesus risen from the dead with Mary. He has truly risen from the dead! May Mary show us the radiance of this day! Happy Easter to you and your families.
A couple house-keeping notes:
First we decided to remove the Schoenstatt Mass from the schedule at St. Lawrence. The Mass will still regularly happen, but I want to make sure that Fr. Steve Mondiek has the freedom to take a day off. He may need some extra rest, be sick, want to visit family, or cover something at his assigned parishes. We’ve created a Flocknote text group to keep everyone up-to-date about this Mass. You can email Lori Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to this group.
Next Sunday, April 16, is Divine Mercy Sunday. As usual we will have a service at 3:00pm at Immaculate Conception. This service will consist of Adoration, the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the reading of Sacred Scripture. During the service, Fr. Willig will be hearing confessions. I will be a little late for confessions. I have a 1:00pm Confirmation Mass at St. Denis in Versailles. You may want to plan to go to confession beforehand. You don’t have to go to Confession on the actual day to receive the indulgence. Here is a quote from the Church’s document on indulgences:
It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act.
Again, happy Easter! I pray that the joy of the risen Lord may radiate in your life. The light has conquered the darkness!
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Sean Wilson