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Resources for the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday Masses (Both Forms of the Rite)

Posted by Dim Bulb on April 24, 2011

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Vigil Mass Readings. Note that there are a good number to choose from.

UPDATE: Today’s Divine Office. This is not the Universalis site, rather, it is a site established by the publisher of the Divine Office and uses the official texts.

First Readings~Text and Notes from Word Sunday:

Psalms or Canticles~Text and Notes from Word Sunday:

Romans 6:3-11. Text and notes from Word Sunday.

Bernardin de Piconio on Romans 6:3-11.

St John Chrysostom on Romans 6:3-11. Read homilies 10 and 11. Together these homilies encompass his commentary on 5:12-6:18 but the comments on today’s readings are easily found.

Matthew 28:1-10. Text and notes from Word Sunday. Note that this Gospel reading is identical to one of the choices for Easter Sunday.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 28:1-10.

Thoughts From the Early Church. Excerpt from Severian of Gabala.

Scripture in Depth. A brief  but informative look at all the various readings.
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MASS OF EASTER DAY

Mass Readings. Note that the second reading has two choices, Colossians or 1 Corinthians. Also note that the Gospel offers three choices: John, Matthew or, if Mass is in the afternoon, Luke.

UPDATE: Today’s Divine Office.

Bishop MacEvily on Colossians 3:1-4.

Bernardin de Piconio on Colossians 3:1-4.

St Thomas Aquinas on Colossians 3:1-4.

St Thomas Aquinas Lecture On 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Notes on 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

Bernardin de Piconio on 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. This post is actually on all of chapter 5 but commentary on the verses of the day  are easily found.

Father Callan on 1 Corinthians 5:6-8This post is actually on all of chapter 5 but commentary on the verses of the day  are easily found.

Podcast: Principles Of Pastoral Care And Holiness. 40 minutes.  Looks at 1 Cor 5. From St Irenaeus Ministries.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on John 20:1-9.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matthew 28:1-10.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Luke 24:13-35 for Mass in the Afternoon.

Haydock Bible Commentary. Texts followed by brief notes from the old Haydock Commentary.

Dr. Scott Hahn Podcast. Brief but does a good job of highlighting the major theme(s) of the readings.

Lector Notes. Gives brief but informative historical and theological background. Can be printed out and used as bulletin insert.

Word Sunday: Links below. Includes notes on the alternate second reading but has only notes on John for the Gospel reading.

Thoughts from the Early Church. Excerpt from St Hesychius of Jerusalem.

Scripture in Depth. Usually give a pretty good summary of the readings.

UPDATE: He Is Risen! An excerpt from “The Teaching” of Mar Jacob of Sarug.

UPDATE: Jesus Didn’t Just “Die for Our Salvation”: Why He Rose from the Dead. Blog post by Catholic biblical scholar Michael Barber.
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EXTRAORDINARY FORM

Romans Missal for Easter Sunday. Latin and English side by side.

Bernardin de Piconio on 1 Corinthians 5:7-8. This post is actually on all of chapter 5 but commentary on the verses of the day  are easily found.

Father Callan on 1 Corinthians 5:7-8This post is actually on all of chapter 5 but commentary on the verses of the day  are easily found.

St Thomas Aquinas Lecture On 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

Cornelius a Lapide’s Notes on 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

Podcast: Principles Of Pastoral Care And Holiness. 40 minutes.  Looks at 1 Cor 5. From St Irenaeus Ministries.

NOTE: Most of the links below are to online books containing homilies.  The links will take you to the exact page on which the homily begins.  Each book has a zoom feature you can use to increase the text size if you desire.

Pope St Gregory Homily On The Gospel. Prefaced by Gospel reading.

Homily: The Resurrection Is The Groundwork Of Our Faith. Online book.

Homily: The Triple Proofs Of Christ’s Resurrection. Online book.

Homiletic Sketch: How And Why We Keep Easter. prefaced by epistle reading.

Homiletic Sketch: The Apparition Of An Angel To The Women At The TombPrefaced by Gospel reading.

Dogmatical Sketch: The Resurrection Of Christ.

Liturgical Sketch: The Celebration Of Easter.

Symbolical Sketch: The Resurrection Of Christ An Emblem Of Our Spiritual Resurrection.

Dogmatic-Moral Sketch: the Resurrection Of Christ~Its Import For Our Life And Faith.

Moral Sketch: The Easter Joy And Sorrow Of The Church.

Father Joseph Rickaby: Notes on 1 Corinthians 5:7-8.

Haydock Commentary On Mark 16:1-7.

Sermon Notes: from various preachers.  These can be used as points for meditation or further study.

Our Savior Is Risen From The Dead. St Thomas Aquinas.

The Paschal Lamb. Fr. B Schels

Our Spiritual Resurrection: by Fr Aegidius Dietl.

The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ Is Both Well Testified And Very Instructive. Fr Johann Evangelist Zollner.

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This Weeks Posts: Sunday, February 6-Saturday, February 12

Posted by Dim Bulb on February 6, 2011

SUNDAY, FEB 6
FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Readings.

Resources for Sunday Mass, Feb 6. A weekly feature of this blog. Resources for next Sunday’s Mass will be posted on Wednesday.

Last Weeks Posts.

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MONDAY, FEB 7
FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

All posts should become available by 12:20 AM EST.

Readings.

St Basil’s Hexaemeron on Today’s First Reading.

St Ambrose’s Hexaemeron on Today’s First Reading.

St Athanasius on the Doctrine of Creation.

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (104).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 6:53-56).
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TUESDAY, FEB 8
FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

All posts should become available by 12:20 AM.

Readings.

Aquinas’ Commentary on Today’s Psalm (8).

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (8).

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:1-13).

Gaudium Et Spes on Today’s First Reading.

Centesimus Annus on Today’s First Reading.
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WEDNESDAY, FEB 9
FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:14-23).

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (104). Due to the fact that the Psalms can be numbered differently the text identifies this Psalm as 103.

Resources For Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms). Yes, I know I said I wouldn’t be posting this today because of sickness but I “bit the bullet,” “wiped the blood off and got back in the game”.

Father Callan on 1 Thess 1:2-10 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form).

My Notes on 1 Thess 1:2-10 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form). Previously posted.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Matt 13:31-35 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form).

Cornelius a Lapide on Matt 13:31-35 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13 (Extraordinary Form).
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THURSDAY, FEB 10
MEMORIAL OF ST SCHOLASTICA, VIRGIN

Readings.

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (128). 12:05 AM EST.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:24-30). 12:10 AM EST.
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FRIDAY, FEB 11
FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Readings.

St Augustine on Today’s Psalm (32). 12:05 AM EST.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 7:31-37). 12:10 AM EST.

St John Chrysostom on Matt 5:17-25 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13. Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

Juan de Maldonado on Matt 13:31-35 for Sunday Mass, Feb 13. Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

Bishop MacEvily on 1 Thess 1:2-10 Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

St John Chrysostom on 1 Thess 1:2-10. Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.

St Jerome’s Commentary on Matt 13:31-35 Extraordinary Form. For more Sunday Mass Resources see the link above under Wednesday.
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SATURDAY FEB 12
FIFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

Readings.

Aquinas’ Catena Aurea on Today’s Gospel (Mark 8:1-10).

Some Notes Relating to Sirach 15:15-20 for Sunday Mass.



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Genesis 1:1~Catechetical and Devotional Resources

Posted by Dim Bulb on July 2, 2009

Catechism of the Council of Trent: 1015  The necessity of having previously imparted to the faithful a knowledge of the omnipotence of God will appear from what we are now about to explain with regard to the creation of the world. The wondrous production of so stupendous a work is more easily believed when all doubt concerning the immense power of the Creator has been removed.

For God formed the world not from materials of any sort, but created it from nothing, and that not by constraint or necessity, but spontaneously, and of His own free will. Nor was He impelled to create by any other cause than a desire to communicate His goodness to creatures. Being essentially happy in Himself He stands not in need of anything, as David expresses it: I have said to the Lord, thou art my God, for thou hast no need of my goods.

As it was His own goodness that influenced Him when He did all things whatsoever He would, so in the work of creation He followed no external form or model; but contemplating, and as it were imitating, the universal model contained in the divine intelligence, the supreme Architect, with infinite wisdom and power­attributes peculiar to the Divinity ­­ created all things in the be ginning. He spoke and they were made: he commanded and they were created.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 205-301

Haydock Commentary: Ver. 1. Beginning. As St. Matthew begins his Gospel with the same title as this work, the Book of the Generation, or Genesis, so St. John adopts the first words of Moses, in the beginning; but he considers a much higher order of things, even the consubstantial Son of God, the same with God from all eternity, forming the universe, in the beginning of time, in conjunction with the other two Divine Persons, by the word of his power; for all things were made by Him, the Undivided Deity. (Haydock) — Elohim, the Judges or Gods, denoting plurality, is joined with a verb singular, he created, whence many, after Peter Lombard, have inferred, that in this first verse of Genesis the adorable mystery of the Blessed Trinity is insinuated, as they also gather from various other passages of the Old Testament, though it was not clearly revealed till our Saviour came himself to be the finisher of our faith (Calmet) — The Jews being a carnal people and prone to idolatry, might have been in danger of misapplying this great mystery, and therefore an explicit belief of it was not required of them in general. See Collet. &c. (Haydock) — The word bara, created, is here determined by tradition and by reason to mean a production out of nothing, though it be used also to signify the forming of a thing out of pre-existing matter. (ver. 21, 27.) (Calmet) — The first cause of all things must be God, who, in a moment, spoke, and heaven and earth were made, heaven with all the Angels; and the whole mass of the elements, in a state of confusion, and blended together, out of which the beautiful order, which was afterwards so admirable, arose in the space of six days: thus God was pleased to manifest his free choice in opposition to those Pagans who attributed all to blind chance or fate. Heaven is here placed first, and is not declared empty and dark like the earth; that we may learn to raise our minds and hearts above this land of trial, to that our true country, where we may enjoy God for ever. (Haydock)

St Thomas Aquinas’ Catechetical Instruction On The Creed:

It has been shown that we must first of all believe there is but one God. Now, the second is that this God is the Creator and maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. Let us leave more subtle reasons for the present and show by a simple example that all things are created and made by God. If a person, upon entering a certain house, should feel-a warmth at the door of the house, and going within should feel a greater warmth, and so on the more he went into its interior, he would

believe that somewhere within was a fire, even if he did not see the fire itself which caused this heat which he felt. So also is it when we consider the things of this world. For one finds all things arranged in different degrees of beauty and worth, and the closer things approach to God, the more beautiful and better they are found to be. Thus, the heavenly bodies are more beautiful and nobler than those which are below them; and, likewise, the invisible things in relation to the visible. Therefore, it must be seen that all these things proceed from one God who gives His being and beauty to each and everything. “All men are vain, in whom there is not the knowledge of God: and who by these good things that are seen could not understand Him that is. Neither by attending to the works have acknowledged who was the workman. . . . For by the greatness of the beauty, and of the creature, the creator of them may be seen, so as to be known thereby.”[1] Thus, therefore, it is certain for us that all things in the world are from God.

ERRORS RELATING TO THE FIRST ARTICLE

There are three errors concerning this truth which we must avoid. First, the error of the Manicheans, who say that all visible created things are from the devil, and only the invisible creation is to be attributed to God. The cause of this error is that they hold that God is the highest good, which is true; but they also assert that whatsoever comes from good is itself good. Thus, not distinguishing what is evil and what is good, they believed that whatever is partly evil is essentially evil–as, for instance, fire because it burns is essentially evil, and so is water because it causes suffocation, and so with other things. Because no sensible thing is essentially good, but mixed with evil and defective, they believed that all visible things are not made by God who is good, but by the evil one. Against them St. Augustine gives this illustration. A certain man entered the shop of a carpenter and found tools which, if he should fall against them, would seriously wound him. Now, if he would consider the carpenter a bad workman because he made and used such tools, it would be stupid of him indeed. In the same way it is absurd to say that created things are evil because they may be harmful; for what is harmful to one may be useful to another. This error is contrary to the faith of the Church, and against it we say: “Of all things visible and invisible.”[2] “In the beginning God created heaven and earth.”[3] ”All things were made by Him.”[4]

The second error is of those who hold the world has existed from eternity: “Since the time that the fathers slept, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”[5] They are led to this view because they do not know how to imagine the beginning of the world. They are, says Rabbi Moses, in like case to a boy who immediately upon his birth was placed upon an island, and remained ignorant of the manner of child-bearing and of infants’ birth. thus, when he grew up, if one should explain all these things to him, he would not believe how a man could once have been in his mother’s womb. So also those who consider the world as it is now, do not believe that it had a beginning. This is also contrary to the faith of the Church, and hence we say: “the Maker of heaven and earth.” For if they were made, they did not exist forever. “He spoke and they were made.”[7]

The third is the error which holds that God made the world from prejacent matter (ex praejacenti materia). They are led to this view because they wish to measure divine power according to human power; and since man cannot make anything except from material which already lies at hand, so also it must be with God. But this is false. Man needs matter to make anything, because he is a builder of particular things and must bring form out of definite material. He merely determines the form of his work, and can be only the cause of the form that he builds. God, however, is the universal cause of all things, and He not only creates the form but also the matter. Hence, He makes out of nothing, and thus it is said in the Creed: “the Creator of heaven and earth.” We must see in this the difference between making and creating. To create is to make something out of nothing; and if everything were destroyed, He could again make all things. He, thus, makes the blind to see, raises up the dead, and works other similar miracles. “Thy power is at hand when Thou wilt.”[8]

GOOD EFFECTS OF OUR FAITH

From a consideration of all this, one is led to a fivefold benefit. (1) We are led to a knowledge of the divine majesty. Now, if a maker is greater than the things he makes, then God is greater than all things which He has made. “With whose beauty, if they being delighted, took them to be gods, let them know how much the Lord of them is more beautiful than they. . . . Or if they admired their power and their effects, let them understand by them that He that made them, is mightier than they.”[9] Hence, whatsoever can even be affirmed or thought of is less than God. “Behold: God is great, exceeding our knowledge.”[10]

(2) We are led to give thanks to God. Because God is the Creator of all things, it is certain that what we are and what we have is from God: “What hast thou that thou hast not received.”[11] “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and all they that dwell therein.[12] “We, therefore, must render thanks to God: What shall I render to the Lord for all the things that He hath rendered to me?”[13]

(3) We are led to bear our troubles in patience. Although every created thing is from God and is good according to its nature, yet, if something harms us or brings us pain, we believe that such comes from God, not as a fault in Him, but because God permits no evil that is not for good. Affliction purifies from sin, brings low the guilty, and urges on the good to a love of God: “If we have received good things from the hand of God, why should we not receive evil?”[14]

(4) We are led to a right use of created things. Thus, we ought to use created things as having been made by God for two purposes: for His glory, “since all things are made for Himself”[15] (that is, for the glory of God), and finally for our profit: “Which the Lord thy God created for the service of all the nations.”[16] Thus, we ought to use things for God’s glory in order to please Him no less than for our own profit, that is, so as to avoid sin in using them: All things are Thine, and we have given Thee what we received of Thy hand.”[17] Whatever we have, be it learning or beauty, we must revere all and use all for the glory of God.

(5) We are led also to acknowledge the great dignity of man. God made all things for man: “Thou hast subjected all things under is feet,”[18] and man is more like to God than all other creatures save the Angels: “Let us make man to Our image and likeness.”[19] God does not say this of the heavens or of the stars, but of man; and this likeness of God in man does not refer to the body but to the human soul, which has free will and is incorruptible, and therein man resembles God more than other creatures do. We ought, therefore, to consider the nobleness of man as less than the Angels but greater than all other creatures. Let us not, therefore, diminish his dignity by sin and by an inordinate desire for earthly things which are beneath us and are made for our service. Accordingly, we must rule over things of the earth and use them, and be subject to God by obeying and serving Him. And thus we shall come to he enjoyment of God forever.

Catholic Encyclopedia on Creation.

Catholic Encyclopedia on the Hexaemeron.

Catholic Encyclopedia on the Relation of God to the Universe.

Summa Contra Gentes: That God Is To All Things The Source Of Being.

Summa Contra Gentes: That God Brought Things Into Being From Nothing.

Summa Theologica: Question 44.  The procession of creatures from God, and of the first cause of all things.

Summa Theologica: Question 45. The mode of emanation of things from the first principle.

Summa Theologica: Question 46.  The beginning of the duration of creatures.

On the Creation of the World by Victorinus

Devotional Resources (for meditation and prayer):

St Clement of Rome: What shall we do, then, brethren? Shall we become slothful in well-doing, and cease from the practice of love? God forbid that any such course should be followed by us! But rather let us hasten with all energy and readiness of mind to perform every good work. For the Creator and Lord of all Himself rejoices in His works. For by His infinitely great power He established the heavens, and by His incomprehensible wisdom He adorned them. He also divided the earth from the water which surrounds it, and fixed it upon the immoveable foundation of His own will. The animals also which are upon it He commanded by His own word134134 Or, “commandment.” // <![CDATA[// into existence. So likewise, when He had formed the sea, and the living creatures which are in it, He enclosed them [within their proper bounds] by His own power. Above all,135135 Or, “in addition to all.” // <![CDATA[// with His holy and undefiled hands He formed man, the most excellent [of His creatures], and truly great through the understanding given him— the express likeness of His own image. For 14 thus says God: “Let us make man in Our image, and after Our likeness. So God made man; male and female He created them.”136136 Gen. i. 26, 27. // <![CDATA[// Having thus finished all these things, He approved them, and blessed them, and said, “Increase and multiply.”137137 Gen. i. 28. // <![CDATA[// We see,138138 Or, “let us consider.” // <![CDATA[// then, how all righteous men have been adorned with good works, and how the Lord Himself, adorning Himself with His works, rejoiced. Having therefore such an example, let us without delay accede to His will, and let us work the work of righteousness with our whole strength.

Meditation on Creation in General (may take several seconds to appear)

Job 38 and 39

Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 148.

St Augustine: Exposition of Psalm 148.

Pope John Paul II’s Commentary/Meditation on Psalm 148.

Pope John Paul II’s General Audience, Sept 18, 1985God the Almighty Father

Pope John Paul II’s General Audience, Jan 15, 1986God the Creator of heaven and earth.

Pope John Paul II’s General Audience, Jan 29, 1986God call the world into existence from nothing.

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