As we awake this Easter morning we know the joy of those who came to the tomb on that ﬁrst day of the week, that ﬁrst Sunday. The Lord is truly risen, Alleluia. Having set out on the journey of the Easter Triduum we arise this morning and welcome the light of life.
“He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would.’ (Matthew 28:6)
If you are watching the Easter Sunday Mass online, gather with other members of your household, if you can. Place a lighted candle on a table or in the sacred space. A candle can be included for each person, as well as ﬂowers and a bible, open on John 20:1-9. The family Easter eggs (a sign of new life and of our Easter feast) can also be placed on the table. After the homily people will be led in a renewal of baptismal promises or pray the creed. Whichever is done, you might like to light your individual candle and hold it at this point of the Mass.
Welcome the dawning of a new day, a new beginning full of hope and potential, take a moment to think of what you have to be thankful for in your life and give thanks to God.
To Reflect On: In his Easter Sunday greeting in 2019, Pope Francis addressed these words to every Christian: ‘Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world. Everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life … Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive! He is in you, he is with you and he never abandons you.’
On this Easter morning, even in the middle of crisis and uncertainty, take a moment to recognise and appreciate all the signs of hope and new life around us: light … water … ﬂowers … eggs … baptism memories and photos … one another!
He is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!