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Lord, You engender the Body of the Holy Church in a way which You alone know and understand….. By means of Your Blood, You make a well-organized, well-formed Body of which You are the Head.  The angels delight in its beauty, the archangels admire it, the seraphim are enraptured by it, all the angelic spirits marvel at it, and all the souls of the blessed in heaven rejoice in it.  The Blessed Trinity takes delight in it in a manner beyond our comprehension.

St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi

Quoted from Divine Intimacy, First Week After The Ephiphany, 44.

St. John Chrysostom in his famous Easter sermon invites us all to “enter into the joy of the Lord! First and last alike receive your reward; rich and poor, rejoice together! Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!”

This day, this Easter Octave and the 50 days of Easter are a time to celebrate and rejoice. We have gathered together to celebrate the great things that Our Lord has done. By his resurrection he has conquered death. In his “Hymn of Triumph” at the conclusion of his letter to the Church in Corinth, St. Paul writes, “When this perishable nature has put on imperishability, and when this mortal nature has put on immortality, then the words of scripture will come true: Death, is swallowed up in victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting? Now the sting of death is sin and sin gets its power from the Law. So let us thank God for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

For me, it is a great joy to celebrate my first Easter as a pastor with this loving, caring community at St. Mary Star of the Sea. I would like to thank everyone who made these celebrations meaningful: Deacon Steve and Deacon Mark, Fergus and his choir, the altar guild, the altar servers, the Lectors, the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Ushers and really everyone who chipped in to make these days solemn.

May the peace and joy of the risen Christ be with you and your families. Let us make a joyful noise to the Lord: Christ is Risen! Alleluia! He is truly Risen! Alleluia, Alleluia!

Father Michael

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