Easter Wednesday Diurnum

The Angelus

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us

Trisagion
Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal one,
Have mercy on us. (3x)
Latin. Sanctus Deus, Sanctus Fortis, Sanctus immortalis,
Miserere nobis.
Greek. Agios o theos, Agios ischyros, Agios athanatos,
Eleison imas.


TERCE
Antiphon: Christ is risen from the dead and will never die again, alleluia

9
How shall a young man cleanse his way? *
     By keeping to your words.
10
With my whole heart I seek you; *
     let me not stray from your commandments.
11
I treasure your promise in my heart, *
     that I may not sin against you.
12
Blessed are you, O LORD; *
     instruct me in your statutes.
13
With my lips will I recite *
     all the judgments of your mouth.
14
I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees *
     than in all manner of riches.
15
I will meditate on your commandments *
     and give attention to your ways.
16
My delight is in your statutes; *
     I will not forget your word.


Antiphon: Christ is risen from the dead and will never die again, alleluia

Reading
Romans 4:24-25 We believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Jesus who was put to death for our sins and raised to life to justify us. - Romans 4:24-25

Responsory
This is the day the Lord has made, alleluia.
  -   Let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.
SEXT
Antiphon: He was handed over to death for our sins; he was raised to life to justify us, alleluia.

1
O LORD, I call to you;
my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; *
     lest, if you do not hear me,
     I become like those who go down to the Pit.
2
Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, *
     when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies.
3
Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the evildoers, *
     who speak peaceably with their neighbors,
     while strife is in their hearts.
7
Blessed is the LORD! *
     for he has heard the voice of my prayer.
8
The LORD is my strength and my shield; *
     my heart trusts in him, and I have been helped;
9
Therefore my heart dances for joy, *
     and in my song will I praise him.
10
The LORD is the strength of his people, *
     a safe refuge for his anointed.
11
Save your people and bless your inheritance; *
     shepherd them and carry them for ever.
Antiphon: He was handed over to death for our sins; he was raised to life to justify us, alleluia.

Reading
1 John 5:5 - 6 Who can overcome the world? Only the man who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus Christ came by water and blood: not with water only, but with water and blood. - 1 John 5:5 - 6

Responsory
This is the day the Lord has made, alleluia.
  -   Let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.
NONES
Antiphon: Since you have been raised to life with Christ, seek the things that are above, alleluia.

1
I love the LORD, because he has heard the voice of my
                                supplication, *
     because he has inclined his ear to me whenever I called upon him.
2
The cords of death entangled me;
the grip of the grave took hold of me; *
     I came to grief and sorrow.
3
Then I called upon the Name of the LORD: *
     "O LORD, I pray you, save my life."
4
Gracious is the LORD and righteous; *
     our God is full of compassion.
5
The LORD watches over the innocent; *
     I was brought very low, and he helped me.
6
Turn again to your rest, O my soul. *
     for the LORD has treated you well.
7
For you have rescued my life from death, *
     my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling.
8
I will walk in the presence of the LORD *
     in the land of the living.
9
I believed, even when I said,
"I have been brought very low." *
     In my distress I said, "No one can be trusted."
10
How shall I repay the LORD *
     for all the good things he has done for me?
11
I will lift up the cup of salvation *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
12
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people.
13
Precious in the sight of the LORD *
     is the death of his servants.
14
O LORD, I am your servant; *
     I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
     you have freed me from my bonds.
15
I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
     and call upon the Name of the LORD.
16
I will fulfill my vows to the LORD *
     in the presence of all his people,
17
In the courts of the LORD'S house, *
     in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
     Hallelujah!
Antiphon: Since you have been raised to life with Christ, seek the things that are above, alleluia.

Reading
Let your spirits be renewed so that you can put on the new self that has been created in Godís way, in the goodness and holiness of the truth. - Ephesians 4:23-24

Responsory
This is the day the Lord has made, alleluia.
  -   Let us rejoice and be glad, alleluia.


From an Easter homily by an ancient author

Saint Paul rejoices in the knowledge that spiritual health has been restored to the human race. "Death entered the world through Adam," he explains, "but life has been given back to the world through Christ." Again he says: "The first man, being from the earth, is earthly by nature; the second man is from heaven and it is heavenly. As we have borne the image of the earthly man," the image of human nature grown old in sin, "so let us bear the image of the heavenly man:" human nature raised up, redeemed , restored and purified in Christ. We must hold fast to the salvation we have received. "Christ was the first fruitsí, says the Apostle; he is the source of resurrection and life. ĎThose who belong to Christ will follow him." Modelling their lives on his purity, they will be secure in the hope of his resurrection and of enjoying with him the glory promised in heaven. Our Lord himself said so in the gospel: "Whoever follows me will not perish, but will pass from death to life."

Thus the passion of our Saviour is the salvation of mankind. The reason why he desired to die for us was that he wanted us who believe in him to live for ever. In the fullness of time it was his will to become what we are, so that we might inherit the eternity he promised and live with him for ever.

Here, then, is the grace conferred by these heavenly mysteries, the gift which Easter brings, the most longed for feast of the year; here are the beginnings of creatures newly formed: children born from the life giving font of holy Church, born anew with the simplicity of little ones, and crying out with the evidence of a clean conscience. Chaste fathers and inviolate mothers accompany this new family, countless in number, born to new life through faith. As they emerge from the grace giving womb of the font, a blaze of candles burns brightly beneath the tree of faith. The Easter festival brings the grace of holiness from heaven to men. Through the repeated celebration of the sacred mysteries they receive the spiritual nourishment of the sacraments. Fostered at the very heart of holy Church, the fellowship of one community worships the one God, adoring the triple name of his essential holiness, and together with the prophet sings the psalm which belongs to this yearly festival: "This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad." And what is this day? It is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, the author of light, who brings the sunrise and the beginning of life, saying of himself: "I am the light of day; whoever walks in daylight does not stumble." That is to say, whoever follows Christ in all things will come by this path to the throne of eternal light.

Such was the prayer Christ made to the Father while he was still on earth: "Father, I desire that where I am they also may be, those who have come to believe in me; and that as you are in me and I in you, so they may abide in us."

Te Deum Laudamus

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord; we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;
Father, of majesty unbounded,
your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin's womb.
You overcame the sting of death
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.
You are seated at God's right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge.
Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.
 
Collect
O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

V Let us bless the Lord.
R Thanks be to God.


Go in peace, alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia.



 
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