This ancient Latin expression, Resurrexit Sicut Dixit, means: "He Is Risen As He Said!" It is both an announcement of a historical fact and a proclamation of personal faith in the bodily resurrection of the Son of God from the dead. The believer personally experiences the resurrection of Jesus as a reality in his or her life through grace and faith. We feel him in our hearts in a way similar to Mary Magdalene’s encounter with the Risen Christ on the first Easter morn.
This religious experience of the individual Christian constitutes a tangible sense of the indwelling of God, a profound connection to Jesus crucified and risen. This personal knowledge of Jesus’ Easter mystery produces a joy that causes every believer to sing with all his or her heart on Easter morning the beloved eighteenth-century hymn:
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
A happy Easter to all of you, my dear friends! May the whole world come to know the joy of Easter.
Fr. Tim Byerley
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
I wish to extend a hearty thanks to Fr. Polansky, Deacon Mike Scott, Eric Goonan, our sacristan Karen Burns, our Knights of Columbus, our Altar and Rosary Society and anyone who helped to clean and decorate our church, our servers, our adult choir and musicians, our St. Peter School choir, our Latin Schola and our young adult choir. Also thanks to our lectors, our extraordinary ministers, our ushers, our maintenance staff, our rectory staff, our principal and faculty, our school students and anyone I may not have mentioned by name. Without you, our Lenten, Holy Week and Easter celebrations would not have been possible.
I would also like to thank every parishioner personally for your kindness and support!
Fr. Tim Byerley