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Good Evening To You, Your Holiness,

 

Oh, I will eagerly look forward to Your Easter Mass Posting . . .

 

I Wish You a Safe and Blessed Easter, Your Holiness . . .

 

Have a most thoughtful evening . . . forthwith . . .

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THE PONTIFICAL EASTER MASS OF APRIL 16, 2005

 

[All enter singing the Alleluia]

The Pope: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. [All together make the sign of the cross.]

All: Amen.

The Pope: The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All: And also with you.

[The Pope sprinkles the congregation with blessed water]

The Pope: Dear friends, this water will be used to remind us of our baptism. Let us ask God to bless it, and to keep us faithful to the Spirit he has given us

The Pope: Lord God almighty, hear the prayers of your people: we celebrate our creation and redemption. Hear our prayers and bless this water which give fruitfulness to the fields, and refreshment and cleansing to man. You chose water to show your goodness when you led your people to freedom through the Red Sea and satisfied their thirst in the desert with water from the rock. Water was the symbol used by the prophets to foretell your new covenant with us. You made the water of baptism holy by Christ's baptism in the Jordan: by it you give us a new birth and renew us in holiness. May this water remind us of our baptism, and let us share the joy of all who have been baptized at Easter.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

The Pope: May almighty God cleanse us of our sins, and through the eucharist we celebrate make us worthy to sit at his table in his heavenly kingdom.

 

All: Amen.

The Pope: Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy.

The Pope: Christ, have mercy. All: Christ, have mercy.

The Pope: Lord, have mercy. All: Lord, have mercy.

Gloria:

All: Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord,

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Pope: Let us pray.

Today, we gather to celebrate the resurrection of our most celebrated Lord. Let us remember not only Him today., but that we should celebrate this day as our liberation from death and evil

All: Amen.

 

Cardinal Ragnhild: A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Peter proceeded to speak and said:

“You know what has happened all over Judea,

beginning in Galilee after the baptism

that John preached,

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth

with the Holy Spirit and power.

He went about doing good

and healing all those oppressed by the devil,

for God was with him.

We are witnesses of all that he did

both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem.

They put him to death by hanging him on a tree.

This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible,

not to all the people, but to us,

the witnesses chosen by God in advance,

who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

He commissioned us to preach to the people

and testify that he is the one appointed by God

as judge of the living and the dead.

To him all the prophets bear witness,

that everyone who believes in him

will receive forgiveness of sins through his name.”

CR: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God!

 

R. (24) This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his mercy endures forever.

Let the house of Israel say,

“His mercy endures forever.”

R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;

the right hand of the LORD is exalted.

I shall not die, but live,

and declare the works of the LORD.”

R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

The stone which the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone.

By the LORD has this been done;

it is wonderful in our eyes.

R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

 

Cardinal Ragnhild: A Reading from Paul’s letter to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:

If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,

where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

When Christ your life appears,

then you too will appear with him in glory.

 

Choir: Alleluia! All repeat: Alleluia!

Choir: Alleluia! All repeat: Alleluia!

 

The Pope: The Lord be with you. All: And also with you.

The Pope: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John

All: Glory to you, Lord!

 

On the first day of the week,

Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,

while it was still dark,

and saw the stone removed from the tomb.

So she ran and went to Simon Peter

and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,

“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,

and we don’t know where they put him.”

So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.

They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter

and arrived at the tomb first;

he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.

When Simon Peter arrived after him,

he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,

and the cloth that had covered his head,

not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.

Then the other disciple also went in,

the one who had arrived at the tomb first,

and he saw and believed.

For they did not yet understand the Scripture

that he had to rise from the dead.

 

The Pope: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

 

The Pope: Praise Be Jesus Christ! Today we celebrate our most important of liturgical holidays: Easter. Many view this Sunday as just another mass day that has some extra strings attached. But today is a day of victory! I have studied the great battles of history, and they are celebrated by all kinds of people. Yet, what else is Easter but a victory, the most important victory in history: when Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, single-handedly defeated Satan and his legions of death and evil and brought us into his Kingdom for all eternity. He sacrificed himself, and on this Holiday, he proved all humans wrong in their doubts and defeated the undefeatable: death. That is what we must remember today; we are living with hope in good and salvation because of the sacrifice and toil of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. When you walk out of here today, I want to to feel as though you have been liberated, for this day commemorates the day when we were given the ability to fight evil and temptation, and in a way, join the army of the Lord. But, let us still have peace on this earth. Let us end our wars, quarrels, and troubles, and live in harmony so that we may reach the eternal light of heaven on earth. Go with God, and I bestow upon you the Apostolic Blessing in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

[All sit]

 

The Pope: Let us Stand and say

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

begotten, not made, one in Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered, died, and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

[All sit]

 

The Pope: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.

All: Blessed be God for ever.

The Pope: Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.

All: Blessed be God for ever.

The Pope: Pray, my brothers and sisters, that our sacrifice

may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

All: May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands,

for the praise and glory of his name,

for our good, and the good of all his Church.

[All stand]

[The Pope silently prays over the gifts]

All: Amen.

The Pope: The Lord be with you. All: And also with you.

The Pope: Lift up your hearts. All: We lift them up to the Lord.

The Pope: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. All: It is right to give him thanks and praise.

We come to your, Father, with praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ your Son. Through him we ask you to accept and bless these gifts we offer you in sacrifice. We offer them for your holy Church, watch over it, Lord, and guide it; grant it peace and unity throughout the world. We offer them for Camillus our Pope, for our bishops, and for all who hold and teach the catholic faith that comes to us from the apostles.

Remember, Lord, your people. Remember all of us gathered here before you. You know how firmly we believe in you and dedicate ourselves to you. We offer you this sacrifice of praise for ourselves and those who are dear to us. We pray to you, our living and true God, for our well-being and redemption.

In union with the whole Church we honor Mary, the ever-virgin mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and God. We honor Joseph, her husband, the apostles and martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, [James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude; we honor Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian] and all the saints. May their merits and prayers gain us your constant help and protection. [Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]

Father, accept this offering from your whole family. Grant us your peace in this life, save us from final damnation, and count us among those you have chosen. [Through Christ our Lord. Amen.]

Bless and approve our offering; make it acceptable to you, and offering in spirit and in truth. Let is become for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ, your only Son, our Lord.

All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

[kneel]

The Pope: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:

All: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

 

The Pope: (sings) Through him, with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.

All: Amen!

[All stand]

The Pope: Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Savior gave us.

All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

 

The Pope: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

All: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

The Pope: Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

The Pope: The Peace of the Lord be with you always.

All: And also with you.

The Pope: Let us offer each other a sign of peace.

[The ministers and all the people exchange an embrace, handshake, and other gestures of peace with those near them.]

All: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.

 

[All kneel]

The Pope: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those who are called to his supper.

All: Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

[All sing The Lord of the Dance while receiving the Holy Eucharist]

[All then sit while the Pope says a short paryer]

[All stand]

 

The Pope: Let us pray.

[All pray in silence for a while, unless a period of silence has already been observed. Then the Pope sings or says the Prayer after Communion, At the end, the people proclaim their consent.]

All: Amen.

The Pope: The Lord be with you.

All: And also with you.

The Pope: May almighty God bless you,

the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

The Pope: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God!

 

[All sing Peace is Flowing Like a River while the procession exits]

 

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Good Evening To You, Your Holiness,

 

Thank You So Very Much for that Amazingly Beautiful Easter Mass!!! . . .

 

We are indeed Indebted to You for all of Your Wonderful Works in Our Church, and we appreciate all of Your Infinite Wisdom and Hard Work . . .

 

Have a most thoughtful evening . . . forthwith . . .

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