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The Easter Octave - Tuesday


The Roman Martyrology

Upon the 11 th day of April, were born into the better life:

At Rome, [in the year 461,] the holy Confessor, Pope Leo I, who on account of his eminent worthiness is called the Great. In his times was held the holy Council of Chalcedon, wherein, through his legates, he condemned Eutyches, and whereof by his authority he confirmed the decrees. He ordained many things, wrote excellently, deserved well of the holy Church of God, as a good shepherd over all the Lord's flock, and fell asleep in peace.

At Pergamos, in Asia, holy Antipas, "the faithful witness," of whom holy John doth make mention in his Revelation. Under the Emperor Domitian he was thrust into the inside of a brazen bull heated red hot, and so finished his testimony.

At Salona, in Dalmatia, the holy martyrs Domnion, Bishop [of that city, who was converted by St Peter and sent thither,] and eight soldiers.

At Gortyna, in Crete, [about the year 180,] holy Philip, Bishop of that see, very famous for his life and teaching. He governed the church committed unto him in the times of the Emperors Marcus Antoninus Verus and Lucius Aurelius Commodus, and shielded it from the rage of the Gentiles and the wiles of the heretics.

At Nicomedia, [under Diocletian,] the holy Priest Eustorgius.

At Spoleto, [in the year 554,] the holy Confessor Isaac the monk, whose graces have been recorded by holy Pope Gregory.

At Gaza, in Palestine, under the Emperor Justinian, the holy Hermit Barsanuph


Morning Prayer

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Place Yourself in the Presence of God, and adore His holy Name.

Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that Thou art here present: I adore Thee with the deepest humility, and render to Thee, with my whole heart, the homage which is due to Thy sovereign majesty.

An Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

An Act of Hope

O my God, relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

An Act of Love

O my God, I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbour as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

Thank God for All Favours and Offer Yourself to Him.

O my God, I most humbly thank Thee for all the favours Thou hast bestowed upon me up to the present moment. I give Thee thanks from the bottom of my heart that Thou hast created me after Thine own image and likeness, that Thou hast redeemed me by the precious blood of Thy dear Son, and that Thou hast preserved me and brought me safe to the beginning of another day. I offer to Thee, O Lord, my whole being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings of this day. I consecrate them all to the glory of Thy name, beseeching Thee that through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour they may all find acceptance in Thy sight. May Thy divine love animate them, and may they all tend to Thy greater glory.

Resolve to Avoid Sin and to Practice Virtue.

Adorable Jesus, my Saviour and Master, model of all perfection, I resolve and will endeavour this day to imitate Thy example, to be, like Thee, mild, humble, chaste, zealous, charitable, and resigned. I will redouble my efforts that I may not fall this day into any of those sins which I have heretofore committed (here name any besetting sin), and which I sincerely desire to forsake.

Ask God for the Necessary Graces.

O my God, Thou knowest my poverty and weakness, and that I am unable to do anything good without Thee; deny me not, O God, the help of Thy grace; proportion it to my necessities; give me strength to avoid anything evil which Thou forbiddest, and to practise the good which Thou hast commanded; and enable me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please Thee to send me.

The Lord’s Prayer...

The Hail Mary...

The Apostles’ Creed...

At this point, please go to the relevant text of Fr Hamon’s Meditation. Once I have read and meditated on the text, and its various points . I complete my meditation by saying:

Evening Prayer


Easter Tuesday: The Apparition of Jesus to the Apostles

Now whilst they were speaking these things, Jesus stood in the midst of them, and saith to them: Peace be to you; it is I, fear not. But they, being troubled and frighted, supposed that they saw a spirit. And He said to them: Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? See My hands and feet, that it is I Myself; handle, and see: for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see Me to have. And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. But while they yet believed not, and wondered for joy, He said: Have you here anything to eat? And they offered Him a piece of a broiled fish and a honey-comb. And when He had eaten before them He opened their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures and that it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise again from the dead the third day.

Summary of the Morrow’s Meditation

We will meditate tomorrow upon the apparition of Jesus Christ to His apostles assembled together at Jerusalem, and we shall see: first, the esteem which the risen Jesus had for His sacred wounds; second, the esteem we also ought to have for our own sufferings. We will then make the resolution: first, often and lovingly to kiss our crucifix and above all the sacred wounds imprinted on it; second, cheerfully to accept all the trials of life. Our spiritual nosegay shall be the words of Our Lord: “See My hands and feet” (Luke xxiv:39).

Meditation for the Morning

Let us transport ourselves in spirit into the midst of the apostles. Let us lovingly kiss the wounds in His feet, in His hands, in His sacred side; let us beg of Him to let grace flow down upon us from them, and to raise us up also to a new life.

The esteem in which the risen Jesus held his wounds

It is not only during the week of sufferings and on the cross that Jesus Christ presents His wounds to our meditation; He shows them also to us during the week of paschal joys, but with this difference, that last week these wounds appeared to us bleeding and painful, whilst today they appear to us as glorious and shining with the rays of the divinity. Jesus Christ willed to preserve them in His risen body: first, as being an irrefragable proof that it was really the same body which had suffered for us; second, as being the glorious marks of the victory which He had gained over the enemies of God and of the salvation of men; third, as the insignia of His love for us, which He delights to show to heaven and earth in order to inflame our hearts with reciprocal love; fourth, as so many divinely-eloquent mouths which plead our cause before His Father and which ceaselessly address to Him, in our favour, an all-powerful prayer; fifth, as sacred fountains out of which we may draw grace continually, with an unlimited confidence in their merits. O divine wounds, so dear to the heart of Jesus, of which you open the doors, how beautiful you are! It is you which cause God to be eternally blessed by all the angels and all the saints, who delight to sing the evangelical canticle: Behold how God has loved man (John xi:36); it is you who, on the great day of judgment will confound those who have not willed to profit by the benefit of the Redemption (John xix:37). O adorable wounds! I revere you and I love you. You command me to behold you: I contemplate you lovingly; you are my refuge: I repose in you; you are my light: I instruct myself in your school; you are my strength: you will sustain me in my discouragements; you are furnaces of love: I will approach you, I will keep near to you by an humble, affectionate, assiduous meditation, and I shall be warmed, for you cannot keep near to a great fire without feeling the heat of it!

The esteem which we ought to have for our own sufferings

Whether we will it or not, we must suffer: suffer in our body, suffer in our mind, suffer in our heart; suffer from others who displease and molest us; suffer from ourselves, from our inexplicable fits of sadness, of impatience, of melancholy, and of bad temper; suffer from all human things: sometimes from the death of persons who are dear to us, sometimes from a reverse of fortune, sometimes from the failure of an undertaking, of a humiliation which we have received or have imagined. Now, these sufferings which are the inevitable lot of our humanity ought to be highly esteemed by us: first, because Jesus Christ has said: Blessed are those who suffer, blessed are those who weep; second, because our divine Saviour has glorified them in His own person, deifying and rendering adorable His very wounds, which enabled Him to merit the glory of His body, His resurrection, His ascension, His repose at the right hand of His Father, and the honour of judging at the last day the living and the dead; third, because without suffering there is no virtue, no merits, consequently no recompense, no salvation; we become attached to this world and forget heaven, we think only of enjoying the present moments and we do not occupy ourselves with our eternity; whilst, on the other hand, suffering, borne in a Christian manner, is the source of merits, conduces to the practice of virtues, is the warrant and the measure of the happiness of heaven, so that we deem to be the most beautiful days of our life those in which we have most suffered (Ps. lxxxix:15); fourth, because suffering endured with patience renders us dear to the heart of God the Father, who then sees in us a resemblance to His divine Son. It brings Him near to us to console or relieve us (Ps. xc:15), for, says the Psalmist, He stretches His paternal hand over the just, weighed down beneath the cross, in order to sustain him (Ps. xxxvi:24). Daniel is cast into the lions den, the children of Babylon into the furnace, Joseph into prison; God is there that He may save them; fifth, because suffering has always been the delight of the saints. I take pleasure, said St Paul, in afflictions, whether they be infirmities which attack my body, of calumnies which attack my honour, or poverty which reduces me to be badly-lodged, ill-clothed, badly fed, or persecutions from without, or troubles from within (II Cor. xii:10), for it is then that the virtue of Christ dwells in me (Ibid. 9). Either suffer or die, said St Teresa; I cannot live without the cross; so entirely has Jesus Christ in taking suffering upon Him robbed it of its bitterness and embalmed it with His divine sweetness. Now, in what degree do we esteem suffering? How do we bear what annoys us? Let us beg of Our Lord to give us more Christian sentiments.

Resolutions and spiritual nosegay as above.


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