INTROITUS: St. Philipp and St. James

Exclamaverunt ad te, Domine, in tempore afflictionis suae, et tu de caelo exaudisti eos, alleluia, alleluia.

“They shouted to you, Lord, in the time of their oppression, and you heard them from heaven, hallelujah, hallelujah.” (Neh 9:27)

Click here to listen to an audio recording of the chant.
Sung by Liborius Lumma, Innsbruck (Austria).

I do not know if my source is trustworthy, but I found “Unless there is a Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday” as a quotation by Bishop Fulton Sheen on a website (and I used it as my background image on Facebook in the two weeks before Easter Sunday). Here is the proper chant to this saying: the entire drama of loss and win, hopelessness and life, sorrow and exultation.

We will never know why life has to be like this, but Christianity – starting with Easter and the apostles two of whom we celebrate on this feast day – is a way to accept both extrema and believe that one of them is stronger than the other: life, stronger than death.

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