April 18, 2021

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18 April
‘Done is a battell on the dragon blak’
William Dunbar (c. 1465-c. 1530)

Done is the battle on the dragon black,
Our champion Christ has confounded his force;
The gates of hell are broken with a crack,
The triumphal sign of the cross is raised,
The devil trembles with hideous voce,
The souls are released and to the bliss can go,
Christ with his blood our ransom pays:
Surrexit dominus de sepulchro.

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April 11, 2021

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11 April 2021
Octave Day of Easter

Ordinary Form
"Divine Mercy Sunday"
Acts 4,32-35
Psalm 118,2-4.13-15.22-24
1John 5,1-6
John 20,19-31

Extraordinary Form
"Dominica in Albis"
1John 5,4-10
Matthew 28.7
John 20.26
John 20,19-31

Christ and St. Thomas
Christ and St. Thomas
(Basilica of the Holy House, 1477-82) Loreto

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Heb 13,8

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April 4, 2021

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Truly [Christ] goes to seek out our first parent like a lost sheep; He wishes to visit those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. He goes to free the prisoner Adam and his fellow-prisoner Eve from their pains, He who is God, and Adam's son. The Lord goes in to them holding His victorious weapon, His cross. When Adam, the first created man, sees Him, he strikes his breast in terror and calls out to all: My Lord be with you all. And Christ in reply says to Adam: And with your spirit. And grasping his hand He raises him up, saying:

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light. I am your God, who for your sake became your son, who for you and your descendants now speak and command with authority those in prison: Come forth, and those in darkness: Have light, and those who sleep: Rise.

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March 28, 2021

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28 March
Palm Sunday

From a sermon by Saint Andrew of Crete, bishop
(Oratio 9 in ramos palmarum: PG 97, 990994)

Let us go together to meet Christ on the Mount of Olives. Today he returns from Bethany and proceeds of his own free will toward his holy and blessed passion, to consummate the mystery of our salvation. He who came down from heaven to raise us from the depths of sin, to raise us with himself, we are told in Scripture, above every sovereignty, authority, and power, and every other name that can be named, now comes of his own free will to make his journey to Jerusalem. He comes without pomp or ostentation. As the psalmist says: He will not dispute or raise his voice to make it heard in the streets. He will be meek and humble, and he will make his entry in simplicity.

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March 21, 2021

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21 March

Whether we are celebrating the Fifth Sunday of Lent in the Ordinary Form (John 12,2033) or Passion Sunday in the Extraordinary Form (John 8,4659), we read in the Holy Gospel of John the words of Jesus about His seeking not His own glory but the glory of the Father. What does it mean that Jesus, who has come to glorify the Father, asks the Father "glorify your name"?

This excerpt from Homily 67 by St. John Chrysostom takes the words of John 12,28 "Father, glorify Your Name." and paraphrases them:

"Lead Me henceforth to the Cross".

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