Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
April 20, 2014
"They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead."
If I were to give a title to Easter Sunday’s Gospel, I would call it “The Restoration of Hope.” The disciples are devastated by the death of Jesus; they have not yet encountered the risen Christ. But faced with the incredible reality that Jesus is not in the tomb, even in their lack of understanding as to where he might be, there is a glimmer of hope—maybe, just maybe Jesus is alive.
I’m sure most of us can relate to the disciples’ feelings of uncertainty and despair. As Pope Francis so simply points out: “There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent without Easter” (Evangelii Gaudium, 6). I can’t help but think of the families of the missing passengers and crew of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370, or those who still await news about the fate of their loved ones lost in the mudslide in Oso, Washington, or the countless people who have no idea whether a lost loved one is dead or alive.
But, as the apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians, we do not grieve as those who have no hope. In all of this, Jesus’ resurrection restores hope—a hope that leads to rebirth. How can we be bearers of this message of hope; this Gospel of Joy? Let us think of the joy of hope as we practice and prepare the music of Easter. Let us be instruments of hope as we sing in the Easter Sequence, “Yes, Christ my hope is arisen. . . . Amen. Alleluia.”
God of hope,
fill us with the joy and peace of believing
that you have conquered death and sin,
that having encountered Christ
in the celebration of his Paschal Mystery
we may bring others to believe in you
through Jesus Christ, who is our joy and hope.
Diocese of Orlando and St. James Cathedral
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD