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4/20/2014 Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Death and life have contended in that combat stupendous: The Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.  (Easter Sequence - Victimae Paschali Laudes)

It is rare in our Eucharistic liturgy to hear a hymn during the Liturgy of the Word.  However, on Easter, Pentecost, Corpus Christi and Christmas we can hear a Sequence between the Second Reading and Gospel verse.  Today's Easter Sequence, the Victimae Paschali Laudes, dates from at least the ninth century's Liber hymnorum, collected by the Benedictine monk Notker. 

One functional benefit of a Sequence is that our "Alleluia" feels like it is being extended, drawn out for our benefit.  We have fasted forty days from the exclamation of praise proclaimed by the multitude of heaven, heard by St. John and recorded in the his Revelation: "Alleluia!  Salvation, glory and might belong to our God...  They said a second time:  Alleluia! (19:1,3).  May we draw out our celebration of Your rising to new life, Jesus Christ, our Paschal Victim.  May our festival not conclude, but like the Sequence, continue in endless praise, "Have mercy, victor King, ever reigning!  Amen.  Alleluia!"



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