Dear faithful, friends, and benefactors,

It is my sincere wish that the joy of Easter remains with you throughout the year, even in the midst of the crisis in the Church.

Christ is risen! 

The Easter acclimation can be considered a summary of the Faith, an acknowledge of the reality of what we celebrate today, this holiest and most joyous of all the feast days of the liturgical year. After the voluntary penances of Lent, and amidst all the involuntary sufferings of daily life, the Resurrection of Our Lord reminds us not only of the immense love He bears for us, but our final destiny.

There is a famous saying of Cicero that historia magistra vitae est: history is the teacher of life. We may baptize this saying, without at all denying its original import, by saying the liturgy is the teacher of life. All throughout Lent, we have followed the life of Our Lord leading to his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Holy Mother Church puts before us the beautiful Collects and readings during this season to help us enter into union with Christ more intimately.

As an example, this simple but profound Collect from the Mass of Easter Day could be a daily prayer during all of Eastertide:

O God, who, on this day, through Thine only-begotten Son, hast conquered death, and thrown open to us the gate of everlasting life, give effect by thine aid to our desires, which Thou dost anticipate and inspire."

St. John Chrysostom, in his famous Easter sermon, teaches us something of the true spirit of Easter:

Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness;
Let no one lament their poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed;
Let no one mourn their transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave;
Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.

O death, where is thy sting
O Hades, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!"

Our brief time here in the vale of tears is but a preparation for eternity. The joy and hope of Easter remind us like nothing else can of Our Lord's desire that we remain united to him here on earth and in heaven. Let us take this responsibility seriously, celebrating this season properly, and looking forward to the day when all sorrows shall end!

Indeed, He is risen!