Easter Sunday Year B (and Holy Week)

Published on 26 Mar 2018
A carpet of spring flowers in a wood



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.

I have journeyed with Jesus through Holy Week, in whatever way was possible for me. Now I come to share in the joy of my Risen Lord on this Easter Day.

The Gospel tells the story of Mary of Magdala, who goes to the tomb but finds it empty; she runs to the disciples to report her loss. Peter and John come to see for themselves. Finally they understand the meaning of Jesus’s words about ‘rising from the dead’.

Peter offers his personal witness: he has seen the life and death of Jesus, and eaten with him after his Resurrection. He now proclaims that Jesus is Saviour and Lord. (First Reading)

In the Second Reading, Paul stresses that this faith in the Risen Lord means we, too, have died, and been brought back to true life in Christ. Our life is now ‘hidden with Christ in God’.

The Psalm is a song of triumph, proclaiming the glory of God. ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the corner stone; this is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes’.

The Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia!     Entrance Antiphon

Christ has become our paschal sacrifice; let us feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, alleluia.     Communion Antiphon

The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; his right hand raised me up. I shall not die, I shall live and recount his deeds.       Responsorial Psalm

He saw and he believed.     Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further:

Acts 10: 34.37–43; Psalm 117 (118); Colossians 3: 1–4; John 20: 1–9

See below for the Reflections for Holy Week leaflet.

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