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Here you have the prayers, readings, and everything else you need to celebrate with God’s Word.

The celebration of Easter

takes place over the next seven weeks,
and will be crowned by Pentecost.
Until the end of social distancing, Aleteia will offer you
a daily celebration of the Word of God at home

to sanctify every day of the Easter season. 


Instructions:

  • This celebration requires the presence of at least two people.
  • If you are alone, it is preferable to simply read the readings and prayers found in the proposed celebration.
  • This celebration is particularly suitable for use with family. In order to respect quarantine measures, you should refrain from inviting others from outside your household. If anyone in your house is ill, make sure they remain in isolation to ensure that all safety guidelines are strictly followed.
  • Set up the needed number of chairs in front of a prayer corner, respecting distance between them.
  • Light one or more candles, placing them on non-flammable stands (such as candlesticks or small porcelain plates). Don’t forget to blow them out at the end of the celebration. Place some flowers and decorations as a sign of joy. A simple cross or crucifix should always be visible in the background.
  • Designate a person to lead the prayer. He or she will also determine the length of the periods of silence. Designate a reader.

EASTER SATURDAY

 

Celebration of the Word

 

“Go into the whole world

and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

All are seated.

The leader of the celebration reads:

 

Brothers and sisters:

Jesus Christ has truly risen.

We are witnesses to his resurrection. Hallelujah!

 

Today’s Gospel passage

allows us to relive some

of the apparitions of the Risen Lord.

 

We relive the drama of Jesus’ disciples and apostles

who had just witnessed him be condemned to the worst humiliation:

death on the cross. Everything seemed to be over.

We relive the emotion of those desperate hearts,

who rediscover the deepest hope

when they hear the Master’s voice

and and were moved by the purity of his gaze.

 

We, like them, would like to go out into the streets and squares

to shout for joy: he is risen!

Yes, we find ourselves confined to our homes.

Nevertheless, this is no reason for our enthusiasm to be dampened.

 

Even from our place of confinement

we can bear witness to the resurrection,

being examples with our words and our lives

of the commandment of love, which He left us.

 

Pause

 

O Jesus, during this time we are prevented from

perpetuating the offering of your life

by the celebration of the Eucharist:

more than ever, we ask you to make it present

in the way we love each other

as you loved us.

 

After three minutes of silence, all rise and make the Sign of the Cross, saying:

 

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

The leader continues:

 

To prepare ourselves to receive God’s Word

and in order for it to heal us,

we recognize ourselves as sinners.

 

The penitential rite follows. For example:

 

Have mercy on us, O Lord.

For we have sinned against you.

Show us, O Lord, your mercy.

And grant us your salvation.

 

May Almighty God have mercy on us;

forgive us our sins,

And bring us to everlasting life.

Amen.

 

The following is said or sung:

 

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

PRAYER

 

The leader says the opening prayer:

 

The Lord brought out his people with joy,

his chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing, Alleluia.

 

FIRST READING  (Acts 4:13-21)

 

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

 

Observing the boldness of Peter and John

and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,

the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,

and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.

Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,

they could say nothing in reply.

So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,

and conferred with one another, saying,

“What are we to do with these men?

Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign

was done through them, and we cannot deny it.

But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,

let us give them a stern warning

never again to speak to anyone in this name.”

 

So they called them back

and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.

Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,

“Whether it is right in the sight of God

for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.

It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.”

After threatening them further,

they released them,

finding no way to punish them,

on account of the people who were all praising God

for what had happened.

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

PSALM (118:1 and 14-15AB, 16-18, 19-21)

 

R/ Alleluia ! Alleluia ! Alleluia !

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,

for his mercy endures forever.

My strength and my courage is the LORD,

and he has been my savior.

The joyful shout of victory

in the tents of the just. R/

 

“The right hand of the LORD is exalted;

the right hand of the LORD has struck with power.”

I shall not die, but live,

and declare the works of the LORD.

Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,

yet he has not delivered me to death. R/

 

Open to me the gates of justice;

I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.

This is the gate of the LORD;

the just shall enter it.

I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me

and have been my savior. R/

 

GOSPEL (Mark 16:9-15)

 

Alleluia. Alleluia.

This is the day the LORD has made;

let us be glad and rejoice in it.

Alleluia.

 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark.

 

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,

he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,

out of whom he had driven seven demons.

She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.

When they heard that he was alive

and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

 

After this he appeared in another form

to two of them walking along on their way to the country.

They returned and told the others;

but they did not believe them either.

 

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them

and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart

because they had not believed those

who saw him after he had been raised.

He said to them, “Go into the whole world

and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

 

No acclamation concludes the reading of the Gospel.

 

All are seated, and the leader repeats slowly,

as if it were a far-off echo:

 

In the depths of our hearts,

let us listen to the echo of these words of Christ,

who speaks to each one of us:

 

“Go into the whole world

and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

 

All observe five minutes of silence for silent personal meditation.

 

The leader indicates the end of the period of silence, and invites all to rise.

 

The leader introduces the Lord’s Prayer:

 

United in the Spirit and in the communion of the Church,

we dare to pray as the Lord Jesus himself

taught us:

 

All say or sing the Our Father:

 

Our Father…

Continuing immediately with:

For the kingdom…

 

Then the leader invites those present to share a sign of peace:

 

We have just joined our voices

with that of the Lord Jesus to pray to the Father.

We are sons and daughters in the Son.

 

In the love that unites us with one another,

renewed by the word of God,

we can exchange a gesture of peace,

a sign of the communion

we receive from the Lord.

 

All then exchange a greeting of peace from a distance: for example, by bowing deeply towards each

other in turn; or, as a family, by blowing each other a kiss. Then all sit down.

 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

 

The leader says:

 

When we cannot receive sacramental communion for lack of a Mass, Pope Francis urges us to

practice spiritual communion, also called “communion of desire.”

 

The Council of Trent reminds us that this “consists in an ardent desire to feed on the Heavenly

Bread, with a living faith that acts through charity and that makes us participants in the fruits and

graces of the Sacrament.” The value of our spiritual communion depends therefore on our faith in

the presence of Christ in the Eucharist as a source of life, love and unity, and our desire to receive

Communion in spite of our inability to do so.

With that in mind, I now invite you to bow your head, to close your eyes and recollect yourselves.

Silence

Deep in our hearts,

may a burning desire arise within us to unite ourselves with Jesus,

in sacramental communion,

and then to bring His love to life into our lives,

loving others as He loved us.

All remain in silence for 5 minutes for a

heart-to-heart conversation with Jesus Christ.

A hymn of thanksgiving may be sung.

All stand.

All recite together the following prayer:

Grant, we pray, O Lord,

that we may always find delight in these paschal mysteries,

so that the renewal constantly at work within us

may be the cause of our unending joy.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

FINAL BLESSING

 

The leader of the celebration, with hands joined in prayer,

says the blessing in the name of all:

Through the intercession of St. N.

[patron saint of the parish, diocese or country],

and of all the saints of God,

May the God of perseverance and courage

grant us to manifest throughout our lives

the spirit of sacrifice, compassion and love

of Christ Jesus.

Thus, in the communion of the Holy Spirit,

we will give glory to God,

the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

for ever and ever!

Amen.

All together facing the cross, each with their hands joined in prayer,

invoke the Lord’s Blessing:  

 

May the grace of God descend upon us

and remain with us forever. Amen.

All make the Sign of the Cross.

 

Then parents may trace the Sign of the Cross on their children’s foreheads.

To conclude the celebration, the participants may sing the Regina Caeli,

or some other joyful, well-known Marian hymn.

 

Regína caéli, lætáre, Allelúia!

Quia quem meruísti portáre, Allelúia!

Resurréxit, sicut dixit, Allelúia!

Ora pro nóbis Déum, Allelúia!

O Queen of heaven rejoice! Alleluia!

For He whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia!

Hath arisen as he said, Alleluia!

Pray for us to God, Alleluia! 

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict

Raphael Benedict is a Catholic who wants nothing but to spread the catholic faith to reach the ends of the world. Make this possible by always sharing any article or prayers posted on your social media platforms. Remain blessed

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