Twenty seven years already!

+JMJ+ Happy Easter Monday in the Octave of Easter! (I love that, as a Catholic, I get to say Happy Easter all week long and maybe even longer cuz it’s a season, not a day or even a week, ya know.) This post includes a repost from a few Easters ago the week of my 13th year anniversary. It’s been 27, not 13, years since I was received into Holy Church. It’s been a sometimes wild and bumpy ride but I wouldn’t trade it for all the money and power in the world, two things which I rather conspicuously lack. Ah, but I’m not complaining. Those things come with their own set of miseries and I’m perfectly happy not to have to deal with either of them, thank you very much. Repost begins below the fold.

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Rejoice O Queen of Heaven, a re-post

Note: This Rejoice, O Queen of Heaven, is a re-post from last Easter, 2022. I hope we’re in a much better place this time, well, we are at least in some ways. Happy Easter to you!

+JMJ+ A traditional prayer of the Church is the Angelus, prayed three times a day: 6:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 6:00 pm. During the Easter season this prayer is replaced by the Regina Caeli, below.

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A Very Happy and Blessed Easter to You and Yours

+JMJ+ This Easter Vigil marked my twenty seventh anniversary as a Catholic. Still in love with the Lord and His Holy Church. Still the best thing that ever happened to me and that I’ve ever done. 

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Getting Ready for the Mother of All Vigils 

+JMJ+ Holy Week will soon be here but there is still time to prepare. Even if you are not being received into Holy Church at this time, you can still take part in the vigil and you can make it even more meaningful this time around by taking time to meditate and reflect on what our brothers and sisters experienced in the Early Church and down through the centuries. One way to do that is to listen to Mike Aquilina’s podcast, Way of the Fathers, the episode The Mother of All Vigils. YouTube link below.

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Rejoice O Queen of Heaven

+JMJ+ A traditional prayer of the Church is the Angelus, prayed three times a day: 6:00 am, 12:00 noon, and 6:00 pm. During the Easter season this prayer is replaced by the Regina Caeli, below.

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May you have a happy and holy Easter!

I hope you’re having a happy and holy Easter Sunday. And may your soul be filled with Christ’s grace and peace during this Easter season and always. Thank you for visiting and reading my blog.

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Happy and Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday, y’all!

I hope you are having a most happy and blessed Divine Mercy Sunday. If you’re new to the devotion, let me tell you, there are many misconceptions out there about the Divine Mercy image, message, devotion and liturgical day. This series of articles explains the basics of the devotion. I’ve shared some videos below if you want to know more about it. Also see how to receive the graces, especially during all the lockdowns.

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Happy and Blessed Divine Mercy Sunday, y’all!

Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You!

I hope this marvelous feast day has been a time of solace, interior cleansing, and purification, and has helped you have hope in the strange times in which we find ourselves living. The novena ended yesterday but I posted another chaplet prayer thread today anyway. At the end of it I included the Litany to the Divine Mercy from St. Faustina’s Diary. I’m including it here, too. It’s an excellent prayer and one I should turn to more often.

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He is Risen, Alleluia, Regina Caeli!

He is risen, alleluia, rejoice! I’ve got a few things to share with you on this Easter Sunday. Mostly I want to share my hopes that you and yours will be kept safe and showered with many blessings in the Easter season and beyond.

I don’t know if Christ really did appear to His mother after His Resurrection, but I’d like to think that He did, and apparently some artists (or their patrons) have liked the thought, too. In the beginning (and a few times in other spots) of the video below you’ll see a painting by Juan de Flandes called Christ Appearing to His Mother, a copy of one by Rogier van der Weyden, for Queen Isabella of Castile. The song is the Regina Caeli, the Marian antiphon for the season of Easter. 

And I learned that the Vatican has released a decree on special indulgences granted to the faithful during this time of suffering and need. (Scroll down for more on that. Also see the notes and links at the end of this post.)

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Surrexit Dominus vere, ALLELUIA!* Happy Easter!

Christ in Glory, by Giovanni Battista Gaulli (Il-Baciccio).
Adapted from a copy found at rev-artistry.

Happy Easter, friends! I hope your Lenten season was fruitful and that your Easter season will be richly blessed. My own recovery continues and I’m feeling more and more like myself again. And happy to be back here and active on the site, too.

I’m logged in tonight, building the pages for the Rosary Project. So if you see anything going all wonky, it’s probably not you, it’s probably me, trying something out and discovering that it doesn’t work. ;) I’m going to build the pages, text first, then add the images. Still debating on whether to put several large images on one page or smaller ones linked to larger ones, or just use a gallery for them instead. I dunno. We’ll see what happens. Say a prayer for me that I don’t mess up the entire site somehow and have to start over. I think I’d close it down and go hide in a corner if that happened. Or not. Twitter has made me bolder and more thick-skinned. (That place can be brutal!)

Have a great Easter weekend, y’all. God bless you. May His peace be always with you.

Prayerful study and (Christian) meditation on the Word of God with the Rosary.
The Holy Rosary has been called “the Bible on a string.” In the Rosary we pray and meditate on the Life of Christ, coming face to face with the True God and True Man, Jesus.
Image: Bible and Rosary from user jclk8888 at Morguefile.

*Translation: The Lord is risen indeed. Praise the Lord!