1 – Video from Fr. Walter

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSxLcUD19_uw_8E6q0JUXKQ

2 – THE SILENCE OF THE TOMB AND THE MOURNING of MOTHER MARY and his disciples.

THE SEVEN SORROWS OF MARY

3 – PREPARING FOR THE RESURRECTION.

This afternoon should be already a festive moment, when we prepare for the VIGIL of expectation for the resurrection of the Lord.

AT HOME you can celebrate with your family. This year the Lord wants to be resurrected IN YOUR OWN HOUSE. Not only in the Church, but in your own home, with your family, or in the secret of your own heart.

REMEMBER THAT WE ARE CELEBRATING THE NOVENA OF THE DIVINE MERCY; here below you have the links for the NOVENA and for the CHAPLET..

HOME EASTER VIGIL

IN THE EVENING – Have a good meal already prepared in the Kitchen. Tell everybody to dress up with a Sunday suit – Gather in the living room – Have a candle – Turn lights off and the “celebrant”says:

1 – Celebration of the Light

                 O truly blessed night, when things of heaven are wed to those of earth and divine to the human. On this your night of grace, o Holy Father, accept this candle, a solemn offering in this evening sacrifice of praise, this gift from your most holy Church.

                 Therefore, dearest friends, standing in the awesome glory of this holy light, invoke with me, I ask you, the mercy of God almighty, that He who has been pleased to number us among his chosen ones, may lead us to the freedom of God’s Children. Through Christ our Lord. AMEN.

(At this point you can have a small procession around the tale (or around the house) so that the light of Christ may enlighten all those who live in that home). Now you light all lights in the house.

2 – BLESSING OF WATER and RENEWAL OF OUR BAPTISMAL PROMISES. (Take a small bowl of water, put it on the table and say this blessing)

Dear Brothers and sisters let us humbly beseech the Lord our God to bless this water he has created, which will be sprinkled upon us as a memorial of our Baptism. May He graciously renew us, that we may remain faithful in the Spirit whom we have received.

                 May this water be for us a memorial of the Baptism we have received and grant that we may share in the gladness of all our brothers and sisters, who tonight enjoy a new rebirth in water and Holy Spirit. AMEN. (After this prayer the “celebrant” will sprinkle a few drops of water on each one of the participants).

RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL PROMISES.

(Celebrant)Dear brothers and sisters, through the Paschal Mystery we have been buried with Christ in Baptism, so that we nay walk with Him in newness of life. So now that our Lenten observance is concluded, let us renew the promises of Holy Baptism, by which we once renounced Satan and his works and promised to serve God in the Holy Catholic Church.

And so I ask you:

Do you renounce Satan? (All respond) I DO.

And all his works? I DO

And all his empty promises? I DO

Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?  I DO

Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered death and was buried, rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father? I DO.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting? I DO.

This is the faith of the Church and we are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord. AMEN.

RECONCILIATION

At this point in your heart you can ask God’s forgiveness for your sins, You can also ask forgiveness from members of your family. You can also forgive people who are not present, asking God to bless them.

3 – THE GOOD NEWS: READING OF THE RESURRECTION                       Matthew 28.1-10 of Saturday April 11, 2020

After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an Angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.
      But the Angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”
       So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

(Sing Alleluia)

You may share some of these questions.

Who saw Jesus first after the Resurrection?

Where is Jesus going to meet the apostles?

Who moved the heavy stone in front of the tomb for the women?

Why were the women going to the tomb? And when did they go?

Can anybody come back to life after he has died?

Why is Jesus able to come back from death?

YOU MAY CLOSE BY PRAYING FOR YOUR OWN INTENTIONS and close the celebration with the OUR FATHER all together.

NOW is the time to prepare the table for a joyous dinner together remembering that the LORD is risen and now remain with us.

SUGGESTIONS:

ANIMA CHRISTI

THE EASTER TRIDUUM – A virtual celebration (by Dan Shutte).

https://www.danschuttemusic.com/wordpressstore/easter-triduum/?mc_cid=83000dc318&mc_eid=3247297cf1

JESUS – (Full Movie – English)

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

Fr. Walter

About Fr. Walter

Father Walter Tonelotto was born in Italy in 1947 and entered the Scalabrini Seminary at an early age. At 20 he was sent by his superiors to study Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York and then to the Toronto School of Theology. He holds a Master in Divinity from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa and a Master in Moral Theology from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, New York City.