Not a sermon--just a few notes on the readings. Now that we have reached 4th Sunday of Easter, the liturgy turns towards Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit. Good Shepherd --refers back to the Book of Ezekiel ch. 34 vv2-6 where the Old Testament priests were...
“ For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the singing of birds has come, and the cooing of the turtle dove is heard in our land “ ( The Song of Dongs )
Holy Hour this afternoon 5-6pm Mass on Wednesday 10 a.m.
ii. Mission Appeal next Sunday, May 8, for the Comboni Fathers.
iii. Monday. St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria. Famous Church Father, he defended the divinity of Christ against the Arians . died 373 A.D. The Creed we recite on Sundays is often called the Athanasian Creed after him. It is also called the Nicene Creed after the Council of Nicea
iv Tuesday May 2. Feast of St. Philip and St. James. Apostles .
Eastertide lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecost—“pentecost “ means 50.
The Lent /Easter Season : This is how the Church sanctifies time in the Liturgy : 90 days
40 days of Lent preparing for Easter; 40 days celebrating Easter to the Ascension; 10 days from the Ascension preparing for Pentecost—50 days.
Easter-tide Prayer to Our Lady ( takes the place of the Angelus )
O Queen of heaven rejoice Alleluia. For he whom you did merit to bear. Alleluia. Has risen as he said. Alleluia. Pray for us to God , Alleluia. Rejoice and be glad ,O Virgin Mary, Alleluia. For the Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia.
Let us pray; O God, you gave joy to the world through the resurrection of your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, grant that we may obtain through his virgin mother, Mary, the joys of everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord Amen
“ This is the day the Lord has made Let us rejoice and be glad in it “
Easter Joys and Blessings to all Parishioners and Friends of Our Lady’s