Mass Readings: Acts 10:34, 37–43/Colossians 3:1–4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6–8/John 20:1–9 or Matthew 28:1–10 or, at an afternoon or evening Mass, Luke 24:13–35

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad” (Ps 118:24). This is our Sabbath of Sabbaths, our most joyous feast, the defeat of darkness and the victory of light. Christ has risen. Alleluia!

Lent is so finished. I can now put a little coffee in my cream and sugar, eat all the doughnuts and candy and chocolate I want (though not to the point of gluttony, I hope), and shout “Alleluia” whenever I feel inclined. The Church strongly suggests that the word “Alleluia” not be uttered during the penitential season of Lent. But we can let out those pent-up shouts from now till next Ash Wednesday. Don’t be shy in expressing your joy at the great gift of Christ’s Resurrection. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Prayer: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus Christ has risen today! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!