Easter Joy

“May the light of Christ, rising in glory, dispel the darkness of our hearts and minds.”

The joy of Christ’s resurrection is proclaimed by these words spoken during the blessing of the Paschal Candle at the beginning of the Easter Vigil. During the weeks of Lent, we omitted the Gloria and Alleluia at Mass and removed the flowers from the church sanctuary as a fitting expression of our penance and sorrow for sin. Then, during the course of the Paschal Triduum, the Blessed Sacrament was taken from the tabernacle, and the church truly became empty. On Holy Saturday, the whole of creation waited, filled with longing for its Lord who had been taken away.

But we are sorrowful no more! Christ has risen from the grave and conquered sin and death! The Church proclaims this great news as she sings the Gloria exultantly and the liturgy abounds with Alleluias, the sanctuary filled with lilies and other spring flowers. The church has been transformed, signifying the great transformation that has occurred through the Resurrection: by His death and resurrection, Christ has freed us from sin and reconciled us to God, enabling us to become adopted children of God.

We ask the risen Lord to shed the light of His glory upon us as we rejoice at His Resurrection. May His love, that conquers sin and death, fill your hearts! You remain in our grateful prayers.

Joyfully in Jesus and Mary,

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist