April 25, 2011

Easter Words

An old friend used to say that though he had heard that the devil was in the details, he suspected that God could be found there too.

In these early moments of the great season of Easter, it's the little changes in speech that remind me that we celebrate the greatest of shifts.

In the Hanc igitur, starting at the Easter Vigil:

Father, accept this offering from your whole family and from those born into the new life of water and the Holy Spirit, with all their sins forgiven.

And then, starting with Daytime Prayer* on Easter Sunday:

...as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia.

And then at the end of Night Prayer:

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia...

And this morning, walking back from Mass at the Poor Clares, starting in on my rosary:

The first...Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection of the Lord.**

*Presuming that this this is the first time in the Easter Season that one would have said the "God, come to my assistance...," Night Prayer of Holy Saturday and the Office of Readings of Easter Sunday having been replaced by the Easter Vigil, and Morning Prayer of Easter Sunday thus having been begun with the invitatory.

**I say the rosary according to a seasonal plan. See this post.

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