(Himno de Vísperas – Domingo de Pasión)
Vexilla Regis prodeunt: Fulget Crucis mysterium,
Quae vita mortem pertulit, Et morte vitam protulit.
Quae vulnerata lanceae Mucrone diro, criminum
Ut nos lavaret sordibus, Manavit unda et sanguine.
Impleta sunt quae concinit David fideli carmine,
Dicendo nationibus: Regnavit a ligno Deus.
Arbor decora et fulgida, ornata Regis purpura,
Electa digno stipite tam sancta membra tangere.
Beata, cuius brachiis Pretium pependit saeculi:
Statera facta corporis, tulitque praedam tartari.
O Crux ave, spes unica, hoc Passionis tempore!
Piis adauge gratiam, reisque dele crimina.
Te, fons salutis Trinitas, collaudet omnis spiritus:
Quibus Crucis victoriam largiris, adde praemium. Amen.
Abroad the Regal Banners fly, now shines the Cross’s mystery;
Upon it Life did death endure, and yet by death did life procure.
Who, wounded with a direful spear, did, purposely to wash us clear
From stain of sin, pour out a flood of precious Water mixed with Blood.
That which the Prophet-King of old hath in mysterious verse foretold,
Is now accomplished, whilst we see God ruling nations from a Tree.
O lovely and reflugent Tree, adorned with purpled majesty;
Culled from a worthy stock, to bear those Limbs which sanctified were.
Blest Tree, whose happy branches bore the wealth that did the world restore;
The beam that did that Body weigh which raised up hell’s expected prey.
Hail, Cross, of hopes the most sublime! now in this mournful Passion time,
Improve religious souls in grace, the sins of criminals efface.
Blest Trinity, salvation’s spring, may every soul Thy praises sing;
To those Thou grantest conquest by the holy Cross, rewards apply. Amen.
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The Easter Octave: 20 to 27April, 2014
The Church celebrates the Easter Octave this week. “Octave” is from the Latin word for “eight” and an Octave is an eight day celebration. Strictly speaking, we will be celebrating Easter Day from this Sunday through next Sunday, a way of acknowledging that the Resurrection, and our experience of the Resurrection in the sacraments is central to our faith. We also celebrate Christmas as an Octave, underlining the centrality of the Incarnation in our Christian lives.
Where did this custom come from? If you read the Book of Exodus, Chapter 12, you’ll find the institution of the Feast of Passover and the Unleavened Bread, which is being celebrated by Jews around the world this entire week. God commands Moses that the Israelites are to celebrate this solemn feast for seven days. Seven days is an uncanny number of days making up a week; in four weeks one cycle of the moon is completed and we’re back where we began in terms of the phases of the moon. It is a way of counting time that seems ordained by the heavens.
But the celebration described in Exodus 12 begins at sunset before the first of the seven days, so the primitive Church included this as an additional day. The celebration of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ–Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, was the early Christian version of Passover. Throughout the ancient Mediterranean cultures, speculations about numbers had its consistency: seven was a complete set (seven days to a week, seven visible planets) while the number eight represents going one better. The Church Fathers interpreted seven as the total of temporal existence and the eighth day not so much the next week, for example, but the entrance into eternity. Thus a writer like St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) proposed that the celebration of Easter, the eighth day of Holy Week, takes us out of time into eternity. The Easter Octave itself is symbolic of dwelling, adoring in that eternal reality of the Risen Christ, our human condition taken into God’s life.
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Gospel Jn 20:1-9
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 opening words of two hymns celebrating respectively the Passion and the Blessed Sacrament. The former, in unrhymed verse, is generally credited to St. Venantius Fortunatus (6 cent.), and the latter, in rhymed accentual rhythm, was composed by St. Thomas Aquinas (13 cent.). (New Advent: Catholic Encyclopedia)