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April 20th, 2014 (see other dates)

Easter Sunday: The Resurrection of the Lord (solemnity)

Discussion Questions for Reading 1

What? God raised him up? This Jesus who had suffered so much and died on the cross? Sometimes we take the resurrection of Jesus too calmly. We have heard about it all of our lives. Can we really somehow experience what it means? How can you keep the wondrous message alive in you? How can you be an Easter Christian? How can you share your joy with others?

Reading 1 Acts 10:34, 37-43

Reading 1 Reflection

Peter speaks with the wonderful freedom of an Easter Christian! He knows now that God's message of salvation is for all people. It is not limited to any one nation. Filled with enthusiasm, Peter gives his own witness to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. He rejoices in his own call to preach the good news of Jesus Christ risen from the dead.

Discussion Questions for Reading 2

What does "Your life is hidden now with Christ in God" mean to you?

Reading 2 Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8

Reading 2 Reflection

Today's second reading gives us good advice: Look up to the risen Christ. Seek the values of his kingdom. Don't get trapped in false values. Be faithful until the day when we all will appear with Christ in his glory. Name one value of Jesus and tell how you will be especially faithful to it during Easter week.

Discussion Questions for Gospel

How will your faith in the risen Lord free you to be a better person? How have you "seen and believed" this Easter?

Gospel John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10

Gospel Reflection

The gospel story of the empty tomb proclaims a joyful freedom theme. Jesus is free from the bonds of death! Mary Magdalene is freed from fear and becomes a witness to his resurrection. Peter and John are free to believe that their Lord is risen from the dead. The dawn of Easter frees us from fear and the darkness of sin. Alleluia!

Proclaiming Faith Activities for Primary Grades

This Is the Day!

This is the day that the Lord has made! Let us rejoice and be glad! Point out that these words are the responsorial psalm on Easter. Explain to the children that today is the day we have been preparing for all during Lent. Today we celebrate that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Sing together an Easter Alleluia song. Invite the children to write their own Easter song and to share it with the group.

A Resurrection Play

Invite the children to participate in the Easter story by dramatizing what happened on that Sunday morning. Distribute copies of the Resurrection Play. Choose children to read the different parts.

Have the children decorate the border of the play by drawing Easter symbols (flowers, butterfly).

A Resurrection Play (John 20:1?9)

Narrator: Jesus had died on the cross, and all his friends were sad. Now it was early Sunday morning. It was still dark. Mary Magdalene came to the tomb of Jesus.

Mary Magdalene: Something looks funny here! The stone is rolled away from the tomb! I had better tell Simon Peter right away!

Narrator: Mary ran and went to Simon Peter. He was with the other disciple, John, the one whom Jesus loved. Mary said,

Mary Magdalene: "They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don?t know where they put him." (John 20:2)

Narrator: Peter and John were horrified! Who could have done such a thing?

John: We ran to the tomb as fast as we could. I ran the fastest, so I got there first. I bent down, looked in the tomb, and saw the burial cloths, but I did not go in. I waited for Simon Peter.

Peter: As soon as I arrived, I went in. I saw the burial cloths there. The cloth that had covered Jesus' head was rolled up in a different place.

John: Then I went in. And I saw, and believed. Jesus was truly risen from the dead!

All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Christ is risen as he said! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Proclaiming Faith Activities

Sing a New Song!

Is there any day of the year when Christians have more cause to sing than on Easter? Make your own contribution to the great resurrection feast by composing the words to your own song.

Note: You may want to compose both words and music. Or, you may want to set your words to a familiar melody.

Sample: Dawn Has Come (to the tune of "Michael, Row the Boat Ashore")

Dawn has come and Jesus lives, alleluia!

Jesus conquers sin and death, alleluia!

Dawn has come and Jesus lives, alleluia!

We walk with him and serve him well, alleluia!

Share your joy and your music with someone this week!

Caring for Easter Flowers

Flowers are visible signs of the church's rejoicing on this feast of new life. Draw four large flowers on a separate piece of paper. On their "faces," decoratively print the names of four people for whom you will show special care during the Easter season. Below each flower, write one way you will reflect God's love to this person.

Friend: share my favorite tape, CD, book, or video with him or her

Grandparent: call, visit, or e-mail to express my love

Parish minister: show appreciation and offer to help him or her

Someone hospitalized or home-bound: make paper flowers or a flowery card with a promise of prayers and visits

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