He is Risen!

Easter SequenceHappy Easter!

It is getting late, but I just wanted to write a brief post.  I love Easter; I love all of Holy Week!  I was blessed to have a wonderfully full week with Church and family. I feel exhausted physically, but refreshed spiritually.  Not a bad combination.

This morning I sang the Easter Sequence at Mass.  I stumbled through the chant, but made it to the end.  The sequence is an ancient, perhaps 11th century, liturgical text that is still used in the Catholic Church today.

The poetry of the English version I sing gives a sense of excitement, and ends with a bold proclamation:

Share the Good News, sing joyfully! His death is victory!  Lord Jesus Victor, King, show us mercy.  Amen!  Alleluia!

This is the source of my joy, the “reason for the hope that is within me.” The death and resurrection of Jesus opened heaven’s doors! While I experience struggles, disappointments, physical pain and discouragement, it all seems minor when I look to the promise of eternal life!  When I take time to ponder the blessings of my life, then I become more grateful for the love and mercy of God.  It all comes down to Him.  Today and every day.

Jesus Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Have a Blessed and Holy Easter Season!

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