HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH

Toledo, Ohio

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MASS READINGS FOR THE LITURGY OF ST. GREGORY THE GREAT

CELEBRATED ACCORDING TO THE REVISED JULIAN CALENDAR

 

      April 23rd  2017

 

LOW SUNDAY

 

SUNDAY HOMILY BY BISHOP BRIAN KENNEDY, O.S.B.

 

 

Prince of light and champion of God's warfare against the powers of

darkness, Jesus has triumphed. "Christ has risen from the dead, the

first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. . . . As in Adam all die,

so in Christ all will be made to live" (I Cor. 15:20, 22). His death

purchased life for every sinner who has added or will add pain to the

wounds and thirst and desolation of Christ. All human beings were

adopted as children of God and joint heirs with Christ, and no one is

any longer excluded from heaven by virtue of the Ancestral Curse.

The debt is paid. Heaven is open again.

 

Christ's victory is the victory of all mankind. The new creation has

dawned. Jesus in His transformed humanity is, in germ, the world

redeemed. He is the vital road along which Christians continue the

victorious battle for souls. The Seven sacraments feed divine life into

the purchased souls of Christ's members.

 

 

INTROIT(Ps. 138:18, 5-6)

I arose, and am still with you, alleluia! You have laid your hand upon

me, alleluia! your knowledge has proven wonderful, alleluia, alleluia!

Ps. 138:1-2. O Lord, You have proved me and You know me; You know when I

sit and when I stand.

V. Glory be . . .

 

COLLECT

On this day, O God, You overcame death through Your only-begotten Son,

and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. Help us continually to

carry out by our actins the desires that You put into our hearts.

Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .

 

EPISTLE (I Cor. 5:7-8)

Brethren: Purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new paste, as you

are unleavened. For Christ our Pasch is sacrificed. Therefore, let us

feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and

wickedness: but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

 

GRADUAL (Ps. 117:24, 1)

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

V. Praise the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever.

 

Alleluia, alleluia! V. (I Cor. 5:7)

For Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed.

 

SEQUENCE

May you praise the Paschal Victim,

immolated for Christians.

The Lamb redeemed the sheep:

Christ, the innocent one,

has reconciled sinners to the Father.

 

A wonderful duel to behold,

as death and life struggle:

The Prince of life dead,

now reigns alive.

Tell us, Mary Magdalen,

what did you see in the way?

 

"I saw the sepulchre of the living Christ,

and I saw the glory of the Resurrected one:

The Angelic witnesses,

the winding cloth, and His garments.

The risen Christ is my hope:

He will go before His own into Galilee."

We know Christ to have risen

truly from the dead:

And thou, victorious King,

have mercy on us.

Amen. Alleluia.

 

GOSPEL (Mark 16:1-7)

At that time, Mary Magdalen and Mary the mother of James and Salome

bought sweet spices, that coming, they might anoint Jesus. And very

early in the morning, the first day of the week, they come to the

sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said one to another: "Who

shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulcher?" And

looking, they saw the stone rolled back. For it was very great. And

entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on the right

side, clothed with a white robe: and they were astonished. Who saith to

them: "Be not affrighted. you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.

He is risen: he is not here. Behold the place where they laid him. But

go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee.

There you shall see him, as he told you."

 

OFFERTORY ANTIPHON (Ps. 75:9-10)

The earth was fearful and silent when God arose in judgment, alleluia!

 

SECRET

Accept, O Lord, the prayers and sacrifice of Your people. May the

beginning of this Easter celebration, through Your help, heal us for all

eternity. Through Our Lord . . .

 

COMMUNION ANTIPHON(I Cor. 5:7-8)

Christ, our passover, has been sacrificed, alleluia! Therefore let us

keep festival with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth,

alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

 

POSTCOMMUNION

O Lord, fill us with the spirit of Your love, so that by receiving this

Easter Sacrament our hearts may be united in You. Through Our Lord . . .

 

 

 THE MASS IS NOT A NEW SACRIFICE BUT A CONTINUATION

OF THE SACRIFICE OFFERED ONCE FOR ALL. 

IN THE MASS WE CONTINUE TO OFFER THE FATHER

THE BODY, BLOOD, SOUL AND DIVINITY OF HIS CHRIST

AS A PRAYER OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING, ADORATION AND

REPARATION.  CHRIST IS TRULY AND PHYSICALLY PRESENT

IN THE SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR HIDDEN UNDER THE

APPEARANCE OF BREAD AND WINE.

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