The conclusion today of the baptismal celebrations calls the neophytes together again in the Lateran Basilica beside the font in which on Easter Eve they were born to newness of life. Today’s stational liturgy seems to be influenced more than ever by the thought of purity and innocence, like a loving mother carried away by the beauty of her newborn child.
On this day in the early Roman Liturgy the Pope used to distribute to the people the Agnus Dei of the blessed wax mixed with sacred chrism, on which was impressed the image of the Lamb of God. This custom, one of great antiquity, took place during the Mass, whilst the schola of the cantors chanted the invocation Agnus Dei before the Kiss of Peace preceding the Communion.
The Epistle explains the teaching of St. Peter to the first Christian converts about the sublime dignity to which they have been raised by Baptism. The Gospel befits the return of the newly baptized to the Lateran Basilica; Peter is the pastor whose words have taught the neophytes; John is the co-titular patron of the Lateran baptistry, so that it is in his house, as it were, that the station is celebrated today. After eight days Jesus showed Himself to His Apostles saying: “Peace be to you.” When time is drawing to an end and the last day is at hand, He will appear once more to His Church, and by the gift of His peace will strengthen her against the final persecutions of Antichrist.
INTROIT Psalm 104: 43
The Lord brought forth His people with joy, alleluia: and His chosen with gladness, alleluia, alleluia. (Ps. 104: 1) Give glory to the Lord, and call upon His name: declare His deeds among the gentiles. V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. REPEAT: The Lord brought forth…
Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that we, who have kept the Easter festivities with veneration, may by them be found worthy to come unto eternal joys. Through Our Lord…
LESSON 1 Peter 2: 1-10
Dearly beloved, laying away all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions, as newborn babes desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation; if so be you have tasted that the Lord is sweet. Unto Whom coming, as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and made honorable by God: be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priest-hood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore it is contained in the Scripture, Behold I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious; and he that shall believe in Him, shall not be confounded. To you therefore that believe, He is honor: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner: and a stone of stumbling and a rock of scandal to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set. But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare His virtues, Who hath called you out of darkness into His admirable light, Who in time past were not a people; but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy; but now have obtained mercy.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Ps. 117: 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us be glad and rejoice therein, alleluia. V. (Ps. 112: 1) Praise the Lord ye children, praise the name of the Lord.
SEQUENCE Victimae paschali laudes
Christians! to the Paschal Victim offer your thankful praises.
The Lamb the sheep redeemeth: Christ, who only is sinless, reconcileth sinners to the Father.
Death and life contended in that conflict stupendous: the Prince of Life, who died, deathless reigneth. Speak, Mary, declaring what thou sawest wayfaring.
“The tomb of Christ who now liveth: and likewise the glory of the Risen.
Bright Angels attesting, the shroud and napkin resting.
Yea, Christ my hope is arisen: to Galilee “He goeth before you.”
We know that Christ is risen, henceforth ever living: Have mercy, Victor King, pardon giving. Amen. Alleluia.
GOSPEL St. John 20: 1-9
At that time, on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalen cometh early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and she saw the stone taken away from the sepulchre. She ran therefore, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and saith to them: They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid Him. Peter therefore went out, and that other disciple, and they came to the sepulchre; and they both ran together, and that other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre. And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying, but yet he went not in. Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin that had been about His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapt up into one place. Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the sepulchre: and he saw, and believed: for as yet they knew not the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Psalm 117: 26-27
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord: the Lord is God, and He hath shone upon us, alleluia, alleluia.
Grant us we beseech Thee, O Lord, ever to rejoice through these Easter mysteries, that the continual working out of our redemption may become unto us the cause of neverending gladness. Through our Lord…
PREFACE of EASTER
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, at all times to praise Thee, O Lord, but more gloriously especially at this time above others when Christ our Pasch was sacrificed. For He is the true Lamb Who hath taken away the sins of the world: Who by dying hath destroyed our death: and by rising again hath restored us to life. And therefore with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing the hymn of Thy glory, evermore saying:
COMMUNICANTES – For Easter
Communicating, and keeping the most holy day of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh and also reverencing the memory, first, of the glorious Mary, ever Virgin, Mother of the same our God and Lord Jesus Christ: as also of Thy blessed Apostles and martyrs Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Thaddeus: Linus, Cletus, Clement, Xystus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian, and of all Thy Saints, through whose merits and prayers, grant that we may in all things be defended by the help of Thy protection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
HANC IGITUR For Easter
W e therefore beseech Thee, O Lord, graciously to accept this oblation of our service, as also of Thy whole family, which we make unto Thee on behalf of these whom Thou hast vouchsafed to bring to a new birth by water and the Holy Ghost, granting them remission of all their sins: and to dispose our days in Thy peace, preserve us from eternal damnation and rank us in the number of Thine Elect. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Galatians 3: 27
All you who have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ, alleluia.
Quickened by the gift of our redemption, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that the true faith may ever profit by this help of eternal salvation. Through our Lord…