A Question about My Role (M)

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A Question about My Role (M)
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Sun, 05-18-2003 - 2:38pm
..I perform the role as Scheduled Lector and Greeter at my Church. Today, I was the Greeter and announced that this is the 5th Sunday of Easter. What is the Significance of the Sundays after our Father's Resurrection? Just Curious, too embarrassed to ask at Church LOL...

TIA Jeanne

 


 


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 05-18-2003 - 10:24pm
In the “second Mass of Easter” as it was known, the Mass of Easter day (The first Mass being the Easter vigil) the Gospel of Peter and John finding the empty tomb is read at this Mass. This begins the fifty-day period that was known as Pentecost, later after the Council of Elvira in the 300’s only the fiftieth day of this period was referred to by this name. Tertullian says that “these fifty days are to be celebrated with great joy”. The “Easter Octave” referred to as the eight “Sundays of Easter” not the “Sundays after Easter” are when the newly Baptized are dressed in their white robes. They receive a Mystagogical catechesis on the mysteries in which they had just participated. Both St. Augustine and Cyril have Mystagogical sermons to the newly Baptized. In the early centuries the newly baptized returned to the Church every day during these fifty days and participated in the celebration of the Eucharist. The newly Baptized are the focus of this period and you pastor should focus on them during his homily. The closing of these fifty days is marked by the feast of Pentecost. The early Fathers speak of the season of Easter as celebrated as “one great feast”. This is seen in the unity of the readings from the book of Acts and the Gospel of John and the Sunday prayers, all of which have a Paschal focus. This season allows us to also contemplate the empty tomb and it's meaning to us personally.