Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday, 4-5 April 2015

Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday,

4-5 April 2015

“Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus
who was crucified; He is not here; for He has

risen even as He said.” Mt. 28:5

The Solemnity of the Resurrection of Our

Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday is
the most joyful of feasts. It is Jesus’ triumph over
death and a pledge of our own resurrection from

the dead at the end of our life. The Angel tells this
to the women at the tomb in today’s gospel (Mk.

16:1-7): “Do not be terrified. You are looking for

Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has

risen, he is not here.” Mk. 16: 6. St. Peter also

tells us how important is Christ’s Resurrection from

the dead: “That through His name all who believe

in Him may have forgiveness of sins in His

name.” Acts 10:43 With our baptism, we have

been cleansed of sin through Christ’s sacrifice as

we see in today’s Epistle (I Cor. 5:7-8): “Brethren,

purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new

paste, as you are unleavened: For Christ our

Pasch is sacrificed.” I Cor. 5:7 By Jesus’ Passion,

Death and Resurrection, we have been freed from

sin and reborn to eternal glory in heaven.
Jesus Conquers Death and Sin

Dom Gueranger in his “Liturgical Year,”

Vol. 7 calls Easter “the feast of feasts, and the

solemnity of solemnities...It is on this day that

the mission of the Word Incarnate attains the

object towards which it has hitherto been

tending: man is raised up from his fall and
regains what he had lost by Adam’s sin.
“Christmas gave us the Man-God; three

days have scarcely passed since we witnessed his

infinitely precious Blood shed for our ransom;

but now, on the day of Easter, our Saviour Jesus

is no longer the victim of death; He is a

conqueror, who destroys death, child of sin, and

proclaims life, that undying life which He has

purchased for us. The humiliation of his

swathing-bands, the sufferings of his agony and
cross, these are passed; all is now gloryglory

for himself, and glory for us. On the day of

Easter, God regains, by the Resurrection of the

Man-God, his creation such as he made it at the

beginning; the only vestige now left of death is

sin, the likeness of which the Lamb of God

deigned to take upon himself. Neither is it Jesus

alone that returns to eternal life; the whole

human race also has risen to immortality
together with our Jesus. By a man came death,’

says the Apostle; and by a Man the Resurrection

of the dead; and as in Adam all die, so also in

Christ all shall be made alive.’” (I Cor. 15:21-2)

Gueranger, p. 1-2

Easter Sunday Is the Renewal of Creation

Again, Dom Gueranger recounts the glory
of Christ’s Resurrection on the first day of the week

“...whereby He conquered death and proclaimed
life to the world. It was a favoured day of the

week that he had, four thousand years

previously, created light; by selecting it now for

the commencement of the new life which he

graciously imparts to man, he would show us

that Easter is the renewal of the entire creation.

Not only is it the anniversary of his glorious

Resurrection to be, henceforward, the greatest of

days, but every Sunday throughout the year is to

be a sort of Easter, a holy and sacred day. The
Synagogue, by God’s command, kept holy the

Saturday or the Sabbath in honour of God’s
resting after six days of the creation; but the

Church, the Spouse, is commanded to honour

the work of her Lord. She allows the Saturday to
passit is the day on which her Jesus rested in

the sepulchre; but, now that she is illumined

with the brightness of the Resurrection, she

devotes to the contemplation of his work the

first day of the week; it is the day of light, for on

it he called forth material light (which was the

first manifestation of life upon chaos), and on the
same, he that is the ‘Brightness of the Father’

(Heb. 1:3) and ‘the Light of the world,’ (Jn.

8:12),rose from the darkness of the tomb.”
Gueranger, p. 16-7

The Eighth Day---of Eternity

Our New Sabbath

Dom Gueranger reminds us, “Let then, the

week with its Sabbath pass by; what we

Christians want is the eighth day, the day of

eternity, the day whose light is not intermittent

or partial, but endless and unlimited. Thus speak

the holy Fathers, when explaining the

substitution of the Sunday for the Saturday. It

was indeed, right that man should keep, as the

day of his weekly and spiritual repose, that on

which the creator of the visible world had taken

his divine rest; but it was a commemoration of

the material world only. The Eternal Word

comes down into the world that he has created;

he comes with rays of his divinity clouded

beneath the humble veil of our flesh; he comes to

fulfil the figures of the first Covenant. Before

abrogating the Sabbath, he would observe it as

the day of rest, after his Passion, in the silence of

the sepulchre; but, early on the eighth day, he
rises to life, and the life is one of glory. ‘Let us,’

says the Abbot Rupert, ‘leave the Jews to enjoy
the ancient Sabbath, which is a memorial of the

visible creation. They know not how to love or

desire or merit aught but earthly things...They
would not recognize this world’s creator as their
king, because he said: “Blessed are the poor” and

Woe to the rich!” But our Sabbath has been

transferred from the seventh to the eighth day,

and the eighth is the first. And rightly was the

seventh changed into the eighth day, because we

Christians put our joy in a better work than the
creation of the world... Let the lovers of the

world keep a Sabbath for its creation; but our

joy is the salvation of the world, for our life yea
and our rest is hidden in Christ in God.’”
Gueranger, p. 17

“If you are risen with Christ, seek the things that

are above where Christ is sitting at the right hand

of the Father.” Col. 3:1

Let us then seek the eternal Sabbath of the

eternal light and rest which Jesus has purchased for

us by His Precious Blood. Our true home is in
heaven! Our salvation, the fruit of Christ’s Passion

and Resurrection, is guaranteed if we, seek the

things that are above where Christ is sitting at the

right hand of the Father.” Col. 3:1

Easter Novena of Masses

The Masses from the Easter Vigil, 4 April 2014

to Divine Mercy Sunday 12 April 2015 will be offered

for all the Relatives and Benefactors of the Franciscans

of the Immaculate. May God bless you all for all the

good that you do for the Friars and Sisters of Lanherne

Services for Holy Week at the Convent

Church of St. Joseph and St. Anne

Confessions one half-hour before all the services

and on Holy Saturday from 10:00 AM-12 Noon.

(If these times are not convenient, just call and make an


Mass of the Lord’s Supper

on Thursday: 2 April at 5:00 P. M.:

After Mass there will be Adoration at the

Altar of Repose after Mass until

Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion on

Good Friday: 3 April at 3:00 P. M

Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at

7:00 P.M. (Outdoors, weather permitting)
Holy Saturday: 4 April :

Confessions: 10 AM to Noon
Easter Vigil: 4 April at 8:30 PM.

(After the Easter Vigil Services all are welcome to come to

friary after the Vigil for tea and biscuits and more.

Easter Sunday: 5 April:

Holy Mass-10:00 AM

Divine Mercy Sunday 12 April

(1st Sunday after Easter):

12 April 2014

10:00 AM Sunday Holy Mass

2:00 PM Adoration of the Most Blessed

Sacrament- (with Confessions)

3:00 PM Divine Mercy Chaplet & Holy


(After the Divine Mercy Services, there will be tea at St.

Joseph’s Hall. All are welcome. )

Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix

(MIM) 11 April 2015

This month because of Holy

Saturday, the MIM will meet on the

second Saturday of April, 11/4/15

We will have our monthly formation

program for those who interested in affiliating

themselves with the Marian Spirituality of the

Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. The day

begins at 9:30 AM and goes until 4 PM and

includes two conferences, Holy Mass, adoration

and the rosary. (see flyer on door)

This spirituality is Marian and Franciscan

and includes the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi,

St. Maximilian Kolbe and other Franciscan saints.

“The fundamental aim of the MIM is the

fulfilment of God’s plan for the salvation and

sanctification of all souls through the maternal

mediation of the Immaculate to the supreme

glory of the Most Holy Trinity.” (Article 2:


It is most important at this time in our world

to come together and learn about Our Lady and

her messages especially Fatima. Pope John Paul II:

On November 9, 1976 said in the USA as Karol

Cardinal Wojtyla: “We are now standing in face of

the greatest historical confrontation humanity has

gone through. I do not think that the wide circles of

American society or the wide circles of the Christian

community realize this fully. We are now facing the

final confrontation between the Church and the

Anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-gospel.”
We hope that all of you will consider joining the

MIM and work for your own sanctification and the

sanctification of so many souls who are in danger of

being lost for all eternity in hell as Our Lady said at