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Second Sunday of Easter

Secundus Dominicus Paschae



The Head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now.

A royal diadem adorns the mighty VICTOR’S brow.

The highest place that Heaven affords belongs to HIM by right.

The KING of kings and LORD of lords and Heaven’s ETERNAL LIGHT.

The joy of all who dwell above, the joy of all below,

To whom HE manifests HIS love and grants HIS Name to know.

To them the Cross with all its shame, with all its grace is given,

Their name:  an everlasting name; their joy:  the joy of Heaven.

They suffer with their LORD below, they reign with HIM above;

Their profit and their thrill:  to know the mystery of HIS love.

The Cross HE bore is life and health, though shame and death to HIM,

HIS people’s hope, HIS people’s wealth, their everlasting anthem.


ANTIPHON:         Like newborn infants, you must long for the pure, spiritual milk

that in HIM you may grow to salvation, alleluia (First Saint Peter 2:2)



Come, ye faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness.

God has brought is Israel into joy from sadness.

Loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke, Jacob’s sons and daughters,

Led them, with moistened foot, through the Red Sea waters.


Tis the Spring of souls today, Christ has burst HIS prison.

And from three day’s sleep in death, as the Sun is risen.

All the Winter of our sins, long and dark is flying,

From HIS light, to WHOM we give laud and praise undying.


Now the queen of seasons, bright, with the day of splendor,

With the royal feast of feasts, comes its joy to render.

Comes to gladden faithful hearts, who, with true affection,

Welcomes in unwearied strains the LORD’S resurrection.


Neither could the gates of death, nor the Tomb’s dark portal,

Nor the watchers, nor the seal hold HIM as a mortal.

For today to apostles, Christ appeared, bestowing,

Lasting peace, which ever more passes human knowing.


Alleluia, to the KING, risen from death’s pains

WHO, triumphant, burst the bars of the Tomb’s bitter chains.

Alleluia to the SON, God the FATHER praising,

Alleluia yet again, HOLY GHOST now raising.


Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47


They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the BREAKING OF THE BREAD and to the prayers.  Awe came upon everyone, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their property and possessions and divide them among all according to each one’s need. Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. They ate their meals with exultation and sincerity of heart, praising God and enjoying favor with all the people, and every day the LORD added to their number those who were being saved.



Psalms 118:1, 2-4, 13-15, 22-24


Give thanks to the LORD, for HE is good, HIS love is everlasting.

Let the house of Israel say, “HIS mercy endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say, “HIS mercy endures forever.”

Let those who fear the LORD say, “HIS mercy endures forever.”
I was hard pressed and was falling, but the LORD helped me.

My strength and my courage is the LORD, and HE has been my Savior.
The joyful shout of victory in the tents of the just:

The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done; it is wonderful in our eyes.

Give thanks to the LORD, for HE is good, HIS love is everlasting.

This is the day the LORD has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it.



First Saint Peter 1:3-9


Blessed be the God and FATHER of our LORD Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in Heaven for you who by the power of God are safeguarded through faith, to a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the final time. In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.


Although you have not seen HIM you love HIM; even though you do not see HIM now yet believe in HIM, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.



Christ the LORD is Risen Today


Christ the LORD is risen today; Christians, haste your vows to pay.

Make your joy and praises known at the PASCHAL VICTIM’S Throne.

For the sheep, the LAMB has bleed, sinless in the sinner’s stead.

Christ the LORD is risen on high, now HE lives no more to die.


Christ the VICTIM undefiled, God and sinners reconciled,

When in strange and awful strife, met together death and life.

Christians on this happy day, haste with joy your vows to pay.

Christ the LORD is risen on high, now HE lives no more to die.


Hallowed, this the dawn of praise, Easter – queen of all our days;

From all compass points come forth:  East and West and South and North.

Let the peoples praise YOU, LORD; be, by all that is, adored.

Let all nations shout and sing:  glory, praise the PASCHAL KING.


Say, O wondering Mary, say what you saw along the way:

I beheld where Christ was lain:  empty Tomb and angels twain.

I beheld the glory, bright, of the risen LORD of light,

Christ, my LORD is risen again; now HE lives and lives to reign.


Christ, WHO once, for sinners bled, now the firstborn from the dead.

Throned in endless might and power, lives and reigns forevermore.

Hail, ETERNAL HOPE on high, hail our King of Victory.

Hail, THOU Prince of Life adored.  Help and save us, gracious LORD.



Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA

You believe in ME, Thomas, because you have seen ME, says the LORD;
blessed are they who have not seen ME, but still believe! (Saint John 20:29)

Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA, Alleluia, ALLELUIA




Saint John 20:19-31


On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When HE had said this, HE showed them his hands and his side.


The disciples rejoiced when they saw the LORD. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the FATHER has sent ME, so I send you.” And when HE had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the HOLY SPIRIT. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.”


Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the LORD.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in HIS Hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into HIS Side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see MY Hands, and bring your hand and put it into MY Side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My LORD and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”


Now, Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the SON of God, and that through this belief you may have life in HIS Name.


OFFERTORY:       O SONS AND DAUGHTERS (O Filli et Filliae)

Refrain:       Alleluia, alleluia.  Alleluia. 

O Sons and daughters, let us sing.  The King of Heaven, the glorious King,

Over death today rose triumphing.  Alleluia.  R.


That Easter morn at break of day, the faithful women went their way,

To see the Tomb where Jesus lay.  Alleluia.  R.


An angel clad in white they see, who sat and spoke unto the three:

The LORD has gone to Galilee.  Alleluia.  R.


That night the apostles met in fear; amidst them came the LORD most dear,

And said:  MY peace be on all here.  Alleluia.  R.


When Thomas first the tidings heard, how they had seen the risen LORD,

He doubted the disciple’s word.  Alleluia.  R.


MY wounded side, O Thomas, see; behold MY Hands, MY Feet, said HE;

Not faithless but believing be.  Alleluia.  R.


No longer Thomas then denied; he saw the Feet, the Hands, and Side.

YOU are my LORD and God, he cried.  Alleluia.  R.


How blest are they who have not seen, and yet whose faith has constant been,

For they eternal life shall win.  Alleluia. R.


On this most holy day of days, to God your hearts and voices raise,

In laud and jubilee and praise.  Alleluia.  R.  
















ANTIPHON:         Bring your hand and feel the place of the nails,

and do not be unbelieving but believing, alleluia (cf. Saint John 20:27).





(from the Book of Psalms 150:1-6)


Sing alleluia, praise the LORD; sing praise on Earth, alleluia.

Sing praise in Heaven, declare HIS power; sing praise for all HIS mighty acts.


Sing alleluia, praise the LORD; sing alleluia, praise HIS worth.

Sing HIS achievements, strength supreme; sing praise for HIS transcendency.


Sing alleluia, praise the LORD; sing alleluia, praise with joy.

Sing praise with psaltery and harp; sing praise with trumpets blasting forth.


Sing alleluia, praise the LORD; sing praise with charming reed and flute.

Sing praise with dancing and with drums; sing praise with strings, most delicate.


Sing alleluia, praise the LORD; sing alleluia, cymbals clash.

Sing alleluia, cymbals ring; sing all that breathe, alleluia.


Sing alleluia, praise the LORD; all ages glorify HIS Name:

FATHER and SON and SPIRIT, one, now and for evermore.  Amen.








(from the Book of Revelation 1:7)


Lo, HE rises with angels descending, once for our salvation slain.

Thousand, thousand saints attending, swell the triumph of HIS train.

Alleluia!  Alleluia, alleluia.  Christ the LORD returns to reign.


Every eye shall now behold HIM, robed in splendor, majesty.

Those who set at naught and sold HIM, pierced and nailed HIM to the Tree:

Alleluia!  Alleluia, alleluia, shall, the true Messiah see.


Those dear tokens of HIS Passion, still HIS risen Body bears,

Cause of endless exultation to HIS gathered witnesses.

Alleluia!  Alleluia, alleluia.  Thomas, behold:  the glorious scars!


Yea, amen.  Let all behold THEE, high on THINE eternal Throne.

Savior, take the power and glory, claim THY Kingdom for THINE own.

Alleluia!  Alleluia, alleluia, THOU shall reign and THOU alone.





Refrain:       Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


The strife is over, the battle done; now is the VICTOR’S triumph won.

Songs of rejoicing have begun.  Alleluia.  R.


The powers of death have done their worst, but Christ has now, HIS foes, dispersed.

Let shouts of holy joy outburst.  Alleluia.  R.


On the third day, HE rose again, glorious in majesty to reign.

O let us swell the joyful strain.  Alleluia.  R.


HE closed the yawning gates of hell, the bars from Heaven’s high portals fell.

Let hymns of praise, HIS triumph, tell.  Alleluia.  R.


LORD by the stipes which wounded YOU, free from death’s sting YOUR servants, too

That we may rise and live with YOU.  Alleluia.  R.