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July 16, 2018

THE POWER OF EASTER

Pastors corner with Fr Henry Ibe

  Easter Sunday is the greatest Sunday of all! Jesus is alive since “it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him” (Acts 2:24). Adam’s rebellion is reversed and our communion with God is restored. We have become partakers in the divine nature, assured of divinization. What a great paradox to be so immeasurably rewarded for our sinfulness – O Happy Fault! That is the amazing splendor of God’s ineffable love, the unfathomable, inexhaustible fountain of divine mercy. Christ’s resurrection means everything for us: It gives meaning to the blood-stained darkness of the cross and authenticates everything Jesus…

Easter: Rising with Christ

  Christians all over the world, after 40 days of Lenten observance are today celebrating Easter Sunday, Christ’s resurrection from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus is a mystery of great significance and the highest point God’s intervention in the story of man and the economy of salvation. It was an event that brings hope in all situations to individuals, families and society. Easter tells us that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and that even after death, there is life. The Resurrection marks the victory of Christ over sin, death and powers of darkness….

Sunday Reading: THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Sunday readings

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 66:1-2 Cry out with joy to God, all the earth; O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise, alleluia.   COLLECT May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit, so that, rejoicing now in the restored glory of adoption, we may look forward in confident hope to the rejoicing of the day of resurrection. Through our Lord…   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  2:14.22-33 “It was not possible for him to be held by death.” [On the day of Pentecost,] Peter,…

The Mysteries of Christ’s Resurrection

Today is Easter Sunday. For us Christians, Easter is the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Easter Sunday Mass holding in Churches across the world today is among the most attended Sunday services as it marks the end of Lent, a 40 – day period of fasting, prayer, almsgiving and spiritual discipline that is observed by every Christian faithful. While Easter is being marked with great pomp and revelry in certain quarters, we should not lose sight of its overall significance. Beyond the culinary pleasures associated with the feast let us not forget that, had the…

EASTER SUNDAY

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 139:18.5-6 I have risen, and I am with you still, alleluia. You have laid your hand upon me, alleluia. Too wonderful for me, this knowledge, alleluia, alleluia.   COLLECT O God, who on this day, through your Only Begotten Son, have conquered death and unlocked for us the path to eternity, grant, we pray, that we who keep the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit, rise up in the light of life. Through our Lord….   FIRST READING A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 10:34a. 37-43 Theme…