Easter Sunday

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Jesus Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! He is truly Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 Dear friends, this is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. Alleluia!

 Easter Sunday stands at the center of the liturgical year and our Christian lives year after year. Today, the Lord Jesus Christ breaks the chains of sin and death forever. As Jesus breaks those bonds and rises from the dead gloriously and triumphantly from the tomb, He becomes the everlasting sign of the promise of new life for us.

 How has the Lord Jesus Christ broken the chains of sin and death in your own life? There is cause for tremendous celebration here, which is why the Catholic Church gives us “Fifty Days” for the entire Easter Season; to savor these holy mysteries. As we said in seminary: “Forty Days of Lenten preparation…leads to Fifty Days of Easter Celebration!”

 We rejoice that you have joined us for this Solemn Easter Sunday here at our beautiful and historic St. John Church of Middletown. We invite you to attend Sunday Mass here every week to honor the Lord’s Day. I urge each of you to reflect deeply on today’s Easter readings and ask the Risen Lord Jesus to continue to be your companion always. Be assured of our loving support and prayers.

 On this most holy Easter morning our bells ring, our hearts sing, and joy abounds everywhere! May the joy and peace of the resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ bring you lasting happiness. A very happy Easter Sunday to all of you!

Blessed Easter Days!
           Devotedly in the Risen Lord,
                                        Fr. Jim


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