Dear God, open a door for my message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Christ. I pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4

R4C

R4C
Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You.
Psalm 19:14, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Monday, 31 December 2012

Alleluia! Praise the Lord

Response : God, we Praise you; God we Thank You.

For all our brokenness;
For all oor waknesses;
For all our unhappy experiences;
For all our infirmities;
For all our failures;
For all our humiliations;
For all our rejections;
For all our economic burdens;
For the failures and weaknesses of our dear ones;
For bringing out good even from evil;
For the grace of death to sin and the new life in the Holy Spirit;
Loed, after every trial and crisis You give us grace to come closer to You, liberating us from our self-centredness;


Response : God, we Praise you; God we Thank You.

For speaking to us through the Holy Spirit;
For giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit;
For transforming us into God's children;
For having called us to work for the kingdom of God;
For everything and at all times;


Response : God, we Praise you; God we Thank You.

Reveal to us O! God, Your divine truth;
Give us Your Spirit and awaken us O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and save us O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and heal us O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and make us Your apostles O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and make us Your ministers O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and teach us to listen to Your voice O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and teach us to to live with our eyes fixed to Heaven O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and fill us with God's love O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and transform us O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and help to die to self O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and teach us to pray O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and deliver us from evil habits O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and teach us to Praise God O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and mould us into the likeness of Jesus O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and prepare us to lead others to divine experience O! Lord;
Give us Your Spirit and strengthen us to spread the word of God O! Lord;



We Praise You Father
We Praise You Jesus
We Praise You Holy Spirit
 

For all our Sufferings, we Praise and Thank the Lord.

Why does God permit sufferings?
Acts 17:27, "God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us."



In all our sufferings, Praise the Lord and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
 
  • For all our Sufferings Lord, we Praise and Thank You. (repeat 5 times)
  • After every sorrowful experience You lead us to great rejoicing in the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus, You died on the Cross on Mount Calvary, but with great power You rose from the dead.
  • Soon after the pains and agony of Good Friday, You lead us into the joy of Easter Sunday.
  • We praise You Lord, we Thank You Lord. (repeat 2 times) 

Romans 8:28
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
 
Hebrews 12:6
because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
 
 
 
Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Prayer during Worries and Anxieties

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.



Prayer

  • Merciful God, we thank You for Your concern about us, always and in everything. We praise You and thank You for Your abundant Love.
  • Lord Jesus, into Your mighty hands, I surrender all that I do, the longings of my heart and all that I hope for.



Matthew 11:28-30
 
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Pray and You Will Receive

Mark 11:24-25
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”



Prayer

  • Merciful and loving God, we pray for the grace and strength to forgive all who have hurt us at any time and ask pardon of all those whom we have hurt.
  • Jesus our Lord, we believe that you will provide for all our needs at the right time.
  • "Your Father knows what you need even before You ask Him", Matthew 6:8

Lord Jesus, you have revealed to us the love and concern of the Father for everyone of us.

For this, Jesus we praise You, Jesus we thank You.

Alleluia, Praise the Lord !
Alleluia, Blessed be the Name of the Lord !
Alleluia, Praise the Lord !

John 3:16
For God so LOVED the world
that he gave His one and ONLY SON,
that whoever BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE.




Sunday, 30 December 2012

Happy New Year 2013

    Jeremiah 29:11 
    "For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD.
    "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."




Matthew 24:35
"Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."



Friday, 28 December 2012

Prayer to St.Jude for desperate and hopeless cases

Faced with a desperate or hopeless situation?
The prayer to St. Jude, helps remind us that nothing is impossible with God, even help when you’re at dead ends. 
Never lose Faith;
 Trust and Believe in the LORD.

Dearest Saint JUDE, PRAY for all who invoke your HELP.



Oh glorious apostle St. Jude,
faithful servant and friend of Jesus,
the name of the traitor who delivered thy beloved Master
into the hands of His enemies
has caused thee to be forgotten by many,
but the Church honors and invokes thee
universally as the patron of hopeless cases;
of things despaired of.
Pray for me who am so miserable;
make use, I implore thee,
of that particular privilege accorded thee
of bringing visible and speedy help
where help is almost despaired of.
Come to my assistance in this great need,
that I may receive the consolations
and succor of heaven
in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings,
particularly (mention your request),
and that I may bless God with thee
and all the elect throughout eternity.
I promise thee, O blessed St. Jude,
to be ever mindful of this great favor,
and I will never cease to honor thee
as my special and powerful patron,
and to do all in my power
to encourage devotion to thee.
AMEN.
St. Jude, pray for us and all who honor thee and invoke thy aid.
(Say 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary’s, and 3 Glory Be’s after this.)


St.Jude Novena
(a prayer said for nine consecutive days)

O Holy St Jude!
Apostle and Martyr,
great in virtue and rich in miracles,
near kinsman of Jesus Christ,
faithful intercessor for all who invoke you,
special patron in time of need;
to you I have recourse from the depth of my heart,
and humbly beg you,
to whom God has given such great power,
to come to my assistance;
help me now in my urgent need and grant my earnest petition.
I will never forget thy graces and favors you obtain for me
and I will do my utmost to spread devotion to you.

Amen.
St. Jude, pray for us and all who honor thee and invoke thy aid.
(Say 3 Our Father's, 3 Hail Mary’s, and 3 Glory Be’s after this.)

Deliver me Lord from all my current difficulties !!!

"The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen."
2 Timothy 4:18

The Lord stands by us, he will strengthen us in difficulties and dangers.

O LORD my GOD, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all my troubles!



CHRIST JESUS
my SAVIOUR and SHEPHERD, 
 I know that I am not worthy but 
PLEASE HELP me,
DELIVER me LORD from all my current DIFFICULTIES. 
SURRENDER completely to you my SAVIOUR right now
and cry out to you LORD, "LORD, I need a MIRACLE."
Only a MIRACLE can SAVE me.
If it is YOUR WILL LORD,
let it BE DONE unto me...
JESUS I TRUST and BELIEVE in YOU !!!
AMEN.

“Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.
Numbers 11:23

 
CHRIST JESUS
my SAVIOUR and SHEPHERD,
 I know that I am not worthy but 
PLEASE HELP me,
DELIVER me LORD from all my current DIFFICULTIES.
SURRENDER completely to you my SAVIOUR right now
and cry out to you LORD, "LORD, I need a MIRACLE."
Only a MIRACLE can SAVE me.
If it is YOUR WILL LORD,
let it BE DONE unto me...
JESUS I TRUST and BELIEVE in YOU !!!
AMEN.

* * * * * *
If you want to Help

[Malaysia Only]
 Hong Leong Bank,
Stanley
AC#-158-50-09065-0


[Other parts of World]
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* * * * * *

CHRIST JESUS
my SAVIOUR and SHEPHERD,
 I know that I am not worthy but 
PLEASE HELP me,
DELIVER me LORD from all my current DIFFICULTIES.
SURRENDER completely to you my SAVIOUR right now
and cry out to you LORD, "LORD, I need a MIRACLE."
Only a MIRACLE can SAVE me.
If it is YOUR WILL LORD,
let it BE DONE unto me...
JESUS I TRUST and BELIEVE in YOU !!!
AMEN.


Psalm 77:11-15
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.


CHRIST JESUS
my SAVIOUR and SHEPHERD,
I know that I am not worthy but 
PLEASE HELP me,
DELIVER me LORD from all my current DIFFICULTIES.
SURRENDER completely to you my SAVIOUR right now
and cry out to you LORD, "LORD, I need a MIRACLE."
Only a MIRACLE can SAVE me.
If it is YOUR WILL LORD,
let it BE DONE unto me...
JESUS I TRUST and BELIEVE in YOU !!!
AMEN.


Acts 2:22
"Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know."

CHRIST JESUS
my SAVIOUR and SHEPHERD,
 I know that I am not worthy but 
PLEASE HELP me,
DELIVER me LORD from all my current DIFFICULTIES.
SURRENDER completely to you my SAVIOUR right now
and cry out to you LORD, "LORD, I need a MIRACLE."
Only a MIRACLE can SAVE me.
If it is YOUR WILL LORD,
let it BE DONE unto me...
JESUS I TRUST and BELIEVE in YOU !!!
AMEN.


Luke 7:11-17

Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son

11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 They were all filled with awe and praised God. “A great prophet has appeared among us,” they said. “God has come to help his people.” 17 This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.

CHRIST JESUS
my SAVIOUR and SHEPHERD,
 I know that I am not worthy but 
PLEASE HELP me,
DELIVER me LORD from all my current DIFFICULTIES.
SURRENDER completely to you my SAVIOUR right now
and cry out to you LORD, "LORD, I need a MIRACLE."
Only a MIRACLE can SAVE me.
If it is YOUR WILL LORD,
let it BE DONE unto me...
JESUS I TRUST and BELIEVE in YOU !!!
AMEN.

* * * * * *
If you want to Help

[Malaysia Only]
 Hong Leong Bank,
Stanley
AC#-158-50-09065-0


[Other parts of World]
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Thursday, 27 December 2012

Lent

"Take up your cross and follow Jesus, and you will enter eternal life. If you die with Him, you will also live with Him, and if you share His suffering, you will also share His glory."

“And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit for forty days in the wilderness, tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing in those days; and when they were ended, he was hungry”
Luke 4:1-2

Lent is the penitential season of 40 days (approximately 6 weeks) excluding Sundays in commemoration of the forty days in accordance to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, where Jesus spent fasting in the desert  and he endured temptation by Satan. The word "Lent" actually means "fast, abstinence, and penitence" and Lent always begins on a Wednesday, called Ash Wednesday.  Lent is actually 46 days rather than 40 days, because the 40 days of Lent are supposed to be days of fasting, which means days of discipline and self-restraint. But Sunday, the day designated as the Lord's day by Christians, should never be a day of fasting, but a day of celebration. Lent is a time of soul-searching and repentance in preparation for Christ’s passion on Holy Thursday, His death on Good Friday and His resurrection on the third day which is clebrated on Easter Sunday. During the 40 days of Lent, we seek to wash away the stains of sin and to rid ourselves of all that prevents us from living a truly Christian life as Christ taught us in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) and commanded us through his commandments. Lent is a liturgical season  inextricably connected to the Paschal Mystery, the Catechumens prepare for Christian initiation, and the faithful prepare for Easter by a recalling of Baptism and by works of penance, such as prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Lent is a time for ;
  • Time to prepare new converts for baptism.
  • Time for Christians to review their lives, faith and renew their commitment to their beliefs.
  • Time for backsliders to be re-indoctrinated into the faith.

The Church has proclaimed Lent as a time of fasting and self-denial and she teaches by example. The priest is vested in violet (purple), “the gloomy color of affliction and mortification”, except on the Fourth Sunday of Lent ( Laetare Sunday) when he might choose the festive option of rose vestments. The sanctuary is bereft of flowers, and less ornate linens and candlesticks adorn the altar. The Gloria will not be said or sung on Sunday, while the Alleluia will be entirely absent throughout Lent.  Musical instruments is limited when singing hymns and praises. Weddings are discouraged during Lent and in fact, all celebrations should be characterized by restraint. Feast days of Saints are observed in a simple manner, with the priest wearing the violet (purple) of the Lent season instead of red or white of the saint. By this penitential ‘fast of the senses’, Holy Mother Church prepares our hearts for a jubilant Easter renewal. There are only two exceptions to the Lenten austerity, the Solemnities of St. Joseph (19 March, Patron of the Universal Church and foster father of Jesus) and the Annunciation (25 March, Jesus, the Savior who will shortly give his life for our sins, is this day conceived in the Virgin Mary’s womb.) where the Church sets aside her purple for white vestments, sings the Gloria and prays the Creed.

Lenten Psalm

Psalm 91 is the special Lenten psalm, and it makes an appropriate night prayer. The psalms are wonderfully well devised for family recitation. One half of the family can pray one verse, the other half the next.
You who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, Say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."
For he will rescue you from the snare of the fowler, from the destroying pestilence. With his pinions he will cover you, and under his wings you shall take refuge; his faithfulness is a buckler and a shield.
You shall not fear the terror of the night nor the arrow that flies by day; Though a thousand fall at your side, ten thousand at your right side, near you it shall not come. Rather with your eyes shall you behold and see the requital of the wicked,
Because you have the Lord for your refuge; you have made the Most High your stronghold. No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent. For to his angels he has given command about you that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Because he clings to me, I will deliver him; I will set him on high because he acknowledges my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in distress; I will deliver him and glorify him; with length of days I will gratify him and will show him my salvation.
AMEN.
Prayer Source: Lent and Holy Week in the Home by Emerson and Arlene Hynes, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1977  

Divine Praises

The Divine Praises are a series of praises, recited for generations after the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. They are thought to be originally compiled in 1797 by Luigi Felici, S.J. to make reparation for blasphemy and profane language. Praise of the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, the Sacred Heart, St. Joseph and the Precious Blood have been added since the mid-nineteenth century.
This is a beautiful prayer that can be recited outside of benediction, especially during the month of January, which is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus has been restored by Pope John Paul II to January 3.


Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints. 
  
(Optional) May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time.
AMEN.

Prayer for Holy Week


The special prayer either before or after the Monday evening meal is a selection from Psalm 21, in which we see through the eyes of David the picture of Christ suffering for us on the Cross.

Prayer for Monday of Holy Week
Psalm 21:1-12 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, far from my prayer, from the words of my cry? O my God, I cry out by day, and you answer not; by night, and there is no relief for me. Yet you are enthroned in the holy place, O glory of Israel! In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried, and they escaped; in you they trusted, and they were not put to shame. But I am a worm, not a man; the scorn of men, despised by the people. All who see me scoff at me; they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads: "He relied on the Lord; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, if he loves him." You have been my guide since I was first formed, my security at my mother's breast. To you I was committed at birth, from my mother's womb you are my God. Be not far from me, for I am in distress; be near, for I have no one to help me.
AMEN.

Prayer for Tuesday of Holy Week
Psalm 21:13-22 Many bullocks surround me; the strong bulls of Basan encircle me. They open their mouths against me like ravening and roaring lions. I am like water poured out; all my bones are racked. My heart has become like wax melting away within my bosom. My throat is dried up like baked clay, my tongue cleaves to my jaws; to the dust of death you have brought me down. Indeed, many dogs surround me, a pack of evildoers closes in upon me; They have pierced my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones. They look on and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my vesture they cast lots. But you, O Lord, be not far from me; O my help, hasten to aid me. Rescue my soul from the sword, my loneliness from the grip of the dog. Save me from the lion's mouth; from the horns of the wild bulls, my wretched life.
AMEN.

Prayer for Wednesday of Holy Week
Psalm 21:23-32 I will proclaim your name to my brethren: in the midst of the assembly I will praise you; "You who fear the Lord, praise him; all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him; revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not spurned nor disdained the wretched man in his misery Nor did he turn his face away from him, but when he cried out to him, he heard him." So by your gift will I utter praise in the vast assembly; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear him. The lowly shall eat their fill; they who seek the Lord shall praise him: "May your hearts be ever merry!" All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord; All the families of the nations shall bow down before him. For dominion is the Lord's and he rules the nations. To him alone shall bow down all who sleep in the earth; Before him shall bend all who go down into the dust. And to him my soul shall live; my descendants shall serve him. Let the coming generation be told of the Lord that they may proclaim to a people yet to be born the justice he has shown.
AMEN.

Prayer for Holy Thursday
Table Blessing for Holy Thursday
It is good to have a special table blessings reflecting the Church's liturgical year. These can be used individually, with the family or in a group. Here is meal blessing for Holy Thursday from Table Blessings: Mealtime Prayers Throughout the Year by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette. 
Reading:
Instructing his friends into the divine mysteries, Jesus, the wisdom of God, prepares a table that gives food to the soul, and mingles for the faithful the cup of the wine of life eternal. Let us all, therefore, draw near the mysterious table, with pure souls let us receive the Bread of Life: Let us remain at the master's side, that we may see how he washes the feet of the disciples and wipes them with a towel, and let us do as we have seen him do, washing one another's feet. For such is the commandment that Christ himself gave to his disciples (Byzantine Matins).
Responsory:
Verse: Come, O faithful, let us enjoy the master's hospitality, Response: and partake at the table of immortal life in the upper room.
The Lord's Prayer
Blessing
Lord Jesus Christ, in your ardent love for your apostles you desired to share the Passover meal with them on the night before you suffered. During the course of that meal, you instituted the sacrament of the Eucharist where you offered to us your own body and blood as bread and wine to nourish our souls. Send your blessings upon this table and all those who partake of it. Nourish us with the Bread of Life, until the day we are called to the banquet of eternal life. Amen.

Prayer for Good Friday
This prayer is designed to be said within the family before a Crucifix on Good Friday.
Mother or a child: Jesus lives his entire life for his journey or a child: under the Cross of salvation. St. John's Gospel gives us some of his last words (12:27-33): Now my soul is troubled. And what shall I say! Father, save me from this hour. No, this is why I came to this hour! Father, glorify thy Name. There came therefore a voice from heaven: I have both glorified it, and I will glorify it again. Now is the judgment of the world, now will the prince of the world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all things to myself.Father: He humbled himself becoming obedient unto death, even to death on a Cross. Therefore God also has exalted him and has bestowed upon him the name that is above every name, so that at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father. We adore your Cross, O Lord, and we praise and glorify your holy resurrection Family: because by this sacred wood joy has come into the whole world. Father: Let us pray. We beseech you, O God, look upon this your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ allowed himself to be betrayed into the hands of wicked men and to undergo the torment of the Cross. In his Name grant our petition. Family: Amen.

Prayer for Holy Saturday
This prayer is designed to be said within the family before a Crucifix on Holy Saturday.
No candles are lit today. Mother or a child: "May our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who alone by his powerful word governs all things, yet has buried the shame of the Cross and iron bonds, who has broken the bars of the bronze doors and has descended into hell, who has shone with the brightness of a new light on those who were sitting in the shadow of death — may he, the sun of justice, rising from the tomb, shine upon our darkness with the marvelous light of his risen Body." Father: The women sitting at the sepulchre Family: were weeping and lamenting for the Lord. Father: Let us pray. O God, who makes this most holy night illustrious by the glory of the resurrection of our Lord, preserve in the new children of your family the spirit of adoption which you have given, that, renewed in body and soul, they may give you a pure service. This we ask of you through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Family: Amen. Father: Let us bless the Lord. Family: Thanks be to God. Father: May the almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and keep us. Family: Amen.

Prayer for Easter Sunday
On Easter morning, before beginning the festivities, the family should share their joy in the Resurrection by praying together. Here is a beautiful little formula, easily understood by children. End it with a hymn, such as the universal favorite, Jesus Christ is Ris'n Today.
Father: Christ is risen, Alleluia.  
Family: He is truly risen, Alleluia. 
Father: The Lord is risen from the grave, Alleluia. 
Family: Who hung upon the Cross for us, Alleluia.
Father: Let us pray. O God, through Thine only-begotten Son Thou hast overcome death on this day and hast opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; pursue with Thine aid the good resolves Thou hast inspired, and by Thy constant help make them lastingly effective. Through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who is living and reigning forever and ever. Family: Alleluia, Alleluia. Father: This is the day the Lord has made, Alleluia.   Family: Let us be glad and rejoice in it, Alleluia.   Father: To God the Father let us sing, to God the Son, our Risen King.   Family: And let us equally adore the Spirit, God forever more, Alleluia. Father: Praise the Lord, for He is good,   Family: Sing praise to our Lord, for He is gracious, it is fitting to praise Him. Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise with the harp to our God, Who covers the heavens with clouds, who provides rain for the earth; Who makes grain sprout on the mountains and herbs for the service of men; Who gives food to the cattle, and to the young ravens when they cry to In the strength of the steed He delights not, nor is He pleased with the fleshness of men. The Lord is pleased with those who fear Him, and with those who hope for His kindness. Father: Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalen and Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Salome bought sweet spices that coming they might anoint Jesus. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came to the sepulchre, the sun being now risen. And they said to one another: Who shall roll us back the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And looking they saw the stone rolled back, for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre 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 goes before you into Galilee where you shall see him, as He told you. (Mark 16:1-7)

They placed Him in a tomb of stone, Dead, all helpless, and alone. But Easter morn, before the light, He rose alive in glory bright!

Family: Alleluia. Christ has Risen. AMEN.

Prayer Source: Family Customs: Easter to Pentecost by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1956

Prayer Source: Lent and Holy Week in the Home by Emerson and Arlene Hynes, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1977

Prayer Source: Holy Lent by Eileen O'Callaghan, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1975