A Happy and Blessed Easter to all the Parishioners of St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes and to all those who have and are joining us via the live-streaming of the Mass.
May the Risen Christ live in the heart of each of us as we gain the grace to overcome sin and death and to live lives of joy and peace following the Risen Lord.
Today the Church celebrates the greatest event in its calendar as the Gospel of today says:
Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.’ Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went towards the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. John 20:1-9
The beloved disciples saw and he believed in the Risen Lord Jesus, we too are called to see and believe that Jesus is alive and is with us.
From ancient times Christians have sung songs of praise on this day. One of the oldest of them is the Easter Sequence. We can do no better than joining in the ancient hymn oursleves:
Christians, to the Paschal Victim
offer sacrifice and praise.
The sheep are ransomed by the Lamb;
and Christ, the undefiled,
hath sinners to his Father reconciled.
Death with life contended:
combat strangely ended!
Life’s own Champion, slain,
yet lives to reign.
Tell us, Mary:
say what thou didst see
upon the way.
The tomb the Living did enclose;
I saw Christ’s glory as he rose!
The angels there attesting;
shroud with grave-clothes resting.
Christ, my hope, has risen:
he goes before you into Galilee.
That Christ is truly risen
from the dead we know.
Victorious king, thy mercy show!
Another more recent hymn puts it like this:
Easter glory fill the sky! Alleluia!
Christ now lives, no more to die! Alleluia!
Darkness has been put to flight, Alleluia!
by the living Lord of light! Alleluia!
Mary, Mother, greet your Son, Alleluia!
Radiant from his triumph won! Alleluia!
By his cross you shared his pain, Alleluia!
So for ever share his reign! Alleluia!
Shepherd, seek the sheep that strayed! Alleluia!
Come to contrite Peter’s aid! Alleluia!
Strengthen him to be the rock; Alleluia!
Make him shepherd of your flock! Alleluia!
Seek not life within the tomb; Alleluia!
Christ stands in the upper room! Alleluia!
Risen glory he conceals Alleluia!
Risen body he reveals! Alleluia!
Though we see his face no more, Alleluia!
He is with us as before! Alleluia!
Glory veiled, he is our priest, Alleluia!
His true flesh and blood our feast! Alleluia!
May you sing Alleluia to the Lord throughout this day and for the Fifty days of Eastertide which we have just begun.