August 21, 2019

Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Indeed He is Risen, Alleluia

THE EASTER ALLELUIA, [Ps 148, a Discourse on Psalms] – by St Augustine

Our thoughts in this present life should turn on the praise of God, because it is in praising God that we shall rejoice for ever in the life to come; and no one can be ready for the next life unless he trains himself for it now. So we praise God during our earthly life, and at the same time we make our petitions to him. Our praise is expressed with Joy, our petitions with yearnings. We have been promised something we do not yet possess, and because the promise was made by one who keeps his Word, we trust Him and are glad, but insofar as possession is delayed, we can only long and yearn for it. It is good for us to persevere in longing until we receive what was promised, and yearning is over; then praise alone will remain.

Scourging at the Pillar, Way of the Cross

Because there are these two periods of time – the one that now is, beset with the trial and troubles of this life, and the other yet to come, a life of everlasting serenity and joy – we are given two liturgical seasons, one before Easter signifies the troubles in which we live here and now, while the time after Easter which we are celebrating at present signifies the happiness that will be ours in the future. What we commemorate before Easter is what we experience in this life, what we celebrate after Easter points to something we do not possess. This is why we keep the first season with fasting and prayer; but now the fast is over and we devote the present season to praise. Such is the meaning of the Alleluia we sing.

Both these periods are represented and demonstrated for us in Christ our head. The Lord’s passion depicts for us the present life of trial – shows how we must suffer be afflicted and finally die. The Lord’s resurrection and glorification show us the life that will be given to us in the future.

Now therefore, brethren, we urge you to praise God. That is what we are all telling each other when we say, “Alleluia” You say to your neighbor, “Praise the Lord!” and he says the same to you. We are all urging one another to praise the Lord, and all thereby doing what each of us urges the other to do. But see that your praise comes from your whole being; in other words, see that you praise God not with your lips and voices alone, but with your minds, your lives and all your actions.

We are Praising God now, assembled as we are here in church; but when we go our various ways again, it seems as if we cease to praise God. But provided we do not cease to live a good life, we shall always be praising God. You cease to praise God only when you swerve from justice and what is pleasing to God. If you turn aside from the good life, your tongue may be silent but your actions will cry aloud, and god will perceive your intentions; for as our ears hear each other’s voices, so do God’s ears hear our thoughts.

“MY LORD and MY GOD” [Jn20:28]

Psalms 148: Praise for God’s Universal Glory:

Laudate Dominum de caelis. All creatures are invited to praise their Creator. Alleluia.

Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise ye him in the high places. [2] Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. [3] Praise ye him, O sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light. [4] Praise him, ye heavens of heavens: and let all the waters that are above the heavens [5] Praise the name of the Lord. For he spoke, and they were made: he commanded, and they were created.

[6] He hath established them for ever, and for ages of ages: he hath made a decree, and it shall not pass away. [7] Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all ye deeps: [8] Fire, hail, snow, ice, stormy winds which fulfill his word: [9] Mountains and all hills, fruitful trees and all cedars: [10] Beasts and all cattle: serpents and feathered fowls:

[11] Kings of the earth and all people: princes and all judges of the earth: [12] Young men and maidens: let the old with the younger, praise the name of the Lord: [13] For his name alone is exalted. [14] The praise of him is above heaven and earth: and he hath exalted the horn of his people. A hymn to all his saints: to the children of Israel, a people approaching to him. Alleluia.

Daily Indulgence: of 500 days Partial, 3 years in publicly, Plenary repeated daily for a month, on the usual conditions ( S.P. Ap., Dec 22,1936).

O Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him all ye peoples. For His mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remains for ever.” (Psalm 116)

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