21 March 2008
Very moving Good Friday service at St. Agnes today. The Passion was sung in Latin, with the part of Jesus being sung by the bass. Powerful. Went alone since the kids were home with "intestinal disruptions" the last two days, but was able to sit next to a friend from the homeschool group and her family.
Recently heard on the news how Easter is determined. It is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. It will not be this early again in our lifetimes (whatever that means!).
My sitemeter said that several people have come to my blog looking for an Easter blessing to say at dinner.
Since it's time to replace the evening Angelus (said at 6pm) with the Regina Caeli, you might be able to use this depending on what time you are having dinner. The book I have, The Catholic Home by M. Gould mentions that this prayer is a practice that used to drive Martin Luther nuts. My Easter dinner will be closer to noon or I'd slip it in even though my Lutheran in-laws would be clueless :)
Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia:
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare. alleluia,
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia,
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
We just say grace, which I have been saying since time immemorial:
Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Benedic Domine, nos et hæc tua dona quæ de tua largitate sumus sumpturi. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Posted by swissmiss at 8:12 PM