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Easter Vigil & Easter Sunday, 11-12 April 2020

Note: Homilies & Angelus / Regina Caeli of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I had been compiled for you after the Mass Readings below. Happy Reading!

Liturgical Colour: White.

 

Mass Readings for Easter Vigil:

From ETWN.

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragement-221 or Encouragements-396. 8-)

 

Mass Readings for Easter Sunday:

From ETWN.

See our compilation with pictures in Encouragement-603. 8-)

 

Others:

The Resurrection - Venerable Fulton John Sheen

The True Meaning of Easter – Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Lesson 14 – Suffering, Death and Resurrection from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

‘Peace: Trust In God's Plan' by Venerable Fulton John Sheen

 

Acknowledgment: We thank the Publisher for allowing us to publish the Mass Readings to be used as reference for Homilies & Angelus / Regina Caeli of Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI & Pope Francis I as a source of God’s encouragements to all of us around the World.

 

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Homilies, Angelus / Regina Caeli

 

A. Pope Saint John Paul II 

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 29 March 1997

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-603. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 11 April 1998

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-222. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 3 April 1999

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-396. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 22 April 2000

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-396. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 14 April 2001

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-397. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 30 March 2002

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-397. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 19 April 2003

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-398. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 10 April 2004

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-398. 8-)

 

B. Pope Benedict XVI 

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 15 April 2006

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-603. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 7 April 2007

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-398. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 22 March 2008

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-603. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 11 April 2009

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-604. 8-)

 

Easter Sunday Homily, 12 April 2009

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-604. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 3 April 2010

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-222. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 23 April 2011

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-604. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 7 April 2012

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-604. 8-)

 

C. Pope Francis I 

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 30 March 2013

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-223. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 19 April 2014

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-399. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 4 April 2015

See our compilation with Pictures in Encouragements-605. 8-)

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 26 March 2016

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 15 April 2017

 

Easter Sunday Homily, 16 April 2017

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 31 March 2018

 

Easter Sunday Homily, 1 April 2018

 

Easter Vigil Homily, 20 April 2019

1. The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre. The journey of those women is also our own journey; it resembles the journey of salvation that we have made this evening. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone: the beauty of creation against the tragedy of sin; liberation from slavery against infidelity to the covenant; the promises of the prophets against the listless indifference of the people. So too, in the history of the Church and in our own personal history. It seems that the steps we take never take us to the goal. We can be tempted to think that dashed hope is the bleak law of life.

 

Today however we see that our journey is not in vain; it does not come up against a tombstone. A single phrase astounds the woman and changes history: “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5). Why do you think that everything is hopeless, that no one can take away your own tombstones? Why do you give into resignation or failure? Easter, brothers and sisters, is the feast of tombstones taken away, rocks rolled aside. God takes away even the hardest stones against which our hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness. Human history does not end before a tombstone, because today it encounters the “living stone” (cf. 1 Peter  2:4), the risen Jesus. We, as Church, are built on him, and, even when we grow disheartened and tempted to judge everything in the light of our failures, he comes to make all things new, to overturn our every disappointment. Each of us is called tonight to rediscover in the Risen Christ the one who rolls back from our heart the heaviest of stones. So let us first ask: What is the stone that I need to remove, what is the name of this stone?

 

Often what blocks hope is the stone of discouragement. Once we start thinking that everything is going badly and that things can’t get worse, we lose heart and come to believe that death is stronger than life. We become cynical, negative and despondent. Stone upon stone, we build within ourselves a monument to our own dissatisfaction: the sepulchre of hope. Life becomes a succession of complaints and we grow sick in spirit. A kind of tomb psychology takes over: everything ends there, with no hope of emerging alive. But at that moment, we hear once more the insistent question of Easter: Why do you seek the living among the dead? The Lord is not to be found in resignation. He is risen; he is not there. Don’t seek him where you will never find him: he is not the God of the dead but of the living (cf. Mark  22:32). Do not bury hope!

 

There is another stone that often seals the heart shut: the stone of sin. Sin seduces; it promises things easy and quick, prosperity and success, but then leaves behind only solitude and death. Sin is looking for life among the dead, for the meaning of life in things that pass away. Why do you seek the living among the dead? Why not make up your mind to abandon that sin which, like a stone before the entrance to your heart, keeps God’s light from entering in? Why not prefer Jesus, the true light (cf. John  1:9), to the glitter of wealth, career, pride and pleasure? Why not tell the empty things of this world that you no longer live for them, but for the Lord of life?

 

2. Let us return to the women who went to Jesus’ tomb. They halted in amazement before the stone that was taken away. Seeing the angels, they stood there, the Gospel tells us, “frightened, and bowed their faces to the ground” (Luke 24:5). They did not have the courage to look up. And how often do we do the same thing? We prefer to remain huddled within our shortcomings, cowering in our fears. It is odd, but why do we do this? Not infrequently because, glum and closed up within ourselves, we feel in control, for it is easier to remain alone in the darkness of our heart than to open ourselves to the Lord. Yet only he can raise us up. A poet once wrote: “We never know how high we are. Till we are called to rise” (E. Dickinson). The Lord calls us to get up, to rise at his word, to look up and to realize that we were made for heaven, not for earth, for the heights of life and not for the depths of death: Why do you seek the living among the dead?

 

God asks us to view life as he views it, for in each of us he never ceases to see an irrepressible kernel of beauty. In sin, he sees sons and daughters to be restored; in death, brothers and sisters to be reborn; in desolation, hearts to be revived. Do not fear, then: the Lord loves your life, even when you are afraid to look at it and take it in hand. In Easter he shows you how much he loves that life: even to the point of living it completely, experiencing anguish, abandonment, death and hell, in order to emerge triumphant to tell you: “You are not alone; put your trust in me!”.

 

Jesus is a specialist at turning our deaths into life, our mourning into dancing (cf. Psalm 30:11). With him, we too can experience a Pasch, that is, a Passover – from self-centredness to communion, from desolation to consolation, from fear to confidence. Let us not keep our faces bowed to the ground in fear, but raise our eyes to the risen Jesus. His gaze fills us with hope, for it tells us that we are loved unfailingly, and that however much we make a mess of things, his love remains unchanged. This is the one, non-negotiable certitude we have in life: his love does not change. Let us ask ourselves: In my life, where am I looking? Am I gazing at graveyards, or looking for the Living One?

 

3. Why do you seek the living among the dead?  The women hear the words of the angels, who go on to say: “Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee” (Luke 24:6). Those woman had lost hope, because they could not recall the words of Jesus, his call that took place in Galilee. Having lost the living memory of Jesus, they kept looking at the tomb. Faith always needs to go back to Galilee, to reawaken its first love for Jesus and his call: to remember him, to turn back to him with all our mind and all our heart. To return to a lively love of the Lord is essential. Otherwise, ours is a “museum” faith, not an Easter faith. Jesus is not a personage from the past; he is a person living today. We do not know him from history books; we encounter him in life. Today, let us remember how Jesus first called us, how he overcame our darkness, our resistance, our sins, and how he touched our hearts with his word.

 

Brothers and sisters, let us return to Galilee.

 

The women, remembering Jesus, left the tomb. Easter teaches us that believers do not linger at graveyards, for they are called to go forth to meet the Living One. Let us ask ourselves: In my life, where am I going? Sometimes we go only in the direction of our problems, of which there are plenty, and go to the Lord only for help. But then, it is our own needs, not Jesus, to guide our steps. We keep seeking the Living One among the dead. Or again, how many times, once we have encountered the Lord, do we return to the dead, digging up regrets, reproaches, hurts and dissatisfactions, without letting the Risen One change us?

 

Dear brothers and sisters: let us put the Living One at the centre of our lives. Let us ask for the grace not to be carried by the current, the sea of our problems; the grace not to run aground on the shoals of sin or crash on the reefs of discouragement and fear. Let us seek him, let us allow ourselves to be sought out by him, let us seek him in all things and above all things. And with him, we will rise again.

Pope Francis I (Easter Vigil Homily, 20 April 2019)

 

Regina Caeli, 22 April 2019

Today and throughout this entire week the paschal joy of Jesus’ Resurrection, the incredible event which we commemorated yesterday, continues in the liturgy and also in life. During the Easter Vigil the words spoken by the Angels beside Jesus’ empty tomb resonate. They asked the women who had gone to the sepulchre at the dawn of the first day after the Sabbath: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (Luke 24:5-6). Christ’s Resurrection is the most unsettling event in the history of mankind, which attests the victory of God’s love over sin and over death, and gives a rock solid foundation to our life’s hope. What was humanly unthinkable has happened: “Jesus of Nazareth ... God raised him up, having loosed the pangs of death” (Acts 2:22-24).

 

On this “Monday of the Angel”, the liturgy, with the Gospel of Matthew (cf. 28:8-15), takes us back to Jesus’ empty tomb. It will do us good to go in thought to Jesus’ empty tomb. The women, filled with fear and joy, depart quickly to go and bring the news to the disciples that the tomb is empty; and at that moment Jesus appears before them. “They came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him” (v. 9). They touched him: it was not a ghost; it was Jesus, alive, in the flesh. It was him. Jesus drives fear from their hearts and encourages them even more to announce to the brethren what has happened. All the Gospels place emphasis on the role of women, Mary Magdalen and the others, as the first witnesses of the Resurrection. The men, fearful, were locked in the Upper Room. Peter and John, informed by Mary Magdalen, make only a quick remark in which they state that the tomb is open and empty. But it was the women who were first to encounter the Risen One and to bear the message that he is alive.

 

Today, dear brothers and sisters, the words Jesus addressed to the women resonate for us too: “Do not be afraid; go and tell...” (v. 10). After the rites of the Easter Triduum, which have allowed us to relive the mystery of the death and Resurrection of our Lord, with the eyes of faith we now contemplate him Risen and alive. We too are called to encounter him personally and to become his proclaimers and witnesses.

 

With the ancient liturgical Easter Sequence, in these days we repeat: “Christ, my hope, is risen!”. And in Him, we too have risen, passing from death to life, from the slavery of sin to the freedom of love. Thus, let us allow ourselves to be touched by the consoling message of Easter and embraced by its glorious light, which dispels the darkness of fear and sorrow. The Risen Jesus walks beside us. He reveals himself to those who invoke him and love him. First in prayer, but also in the simple joys lived with faith and gratitude. We can also feel him present in moments of sharing warmth, welcome, friendship, and the contemplation of nature. May this day of celebration, in which it is customary to enjoy some leisure and gratuitousness, help us to experience Jesus’ presence.

 

Let us ask the Virgin Mary that our hands may be filled with the gifts of the peace and serenity of the Risen One, so as to share them with our brothers and sisters, especially those who have greater need of comfort and hope.

Pope Francis I (Regina Caeli, 22 April 2019)

 

2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), 19 April 2020

 

Homilies 2020

 

Angelus / Regina Caeli 2020

 

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Compiled on 19 April 2019 (Good Friday)

Last updated: 29 March 2020

 

 

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