24 April, 9:00 – Low Sunday: Mass Readings and propers

An explanation about why the First Sunday after Easter is called “Low Sunday”

“Low” is a comparative term which qualifies it relatively to what is “high”! The high Sunday is Easter, certainly the greatest of all liturgical feast. Christ’s resurrection in the flesh was probably the most unbelievable dogma for the Western pagan world, as St. Paul soon found out in Athens, which used to be the center of Western wisdom. The risen Christ is the foundation of our faith: “If Christ has not risen from the dead, our faith is vain!” The fact of Easter being a Sunday is also the main reason for moving the day of worship from the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday.

“Low” is probably said also of the end of the octave of the white catechumens parading in their bright and splendid garments of the faith, not unlike newborns. Low is said of them because it is the day when the neophytes (literally “new plants”) shed their new skin and are considered now ordinary Christians, lost in the mass of God’s chosen ones.

First Communions this Sunday

this Sunday there will be 10 children receiving their First Holy Communion. The families of the communicants will be seated in front, center section of the church. Therefore, the seats that you normally sit may be RESERVED for the communicants and their families.

The pews to the sides of these pews will be available. And behind, further back.

Please be in prayer for the children of our parish as they receive Communion for the first time.

Pray for Priests

for many priests, for many holy priests, for young priests and old priests, for missionary and religious priests, for fervent and tepid priests, for steadfast and tempted priests, for infirm priests, for priests awaiting final judgement.