Happy Easter!

Dear Friends,

I wish you a very blessed Easter!  Christ is risen, alleluia!!!

Probably one of the most haunting and moving portions of the Easter Week liturgy is the sequence Victimae Paschali Laudes.  It is a joyful piece of Gregorian chant.  Although it is frequently sung like a dirge (because people love to drag out any piece of chant they get their hands on), it is a quick, uplifting sequence that has an interesting question and response section in it:

Victimae paschali laudes
immolent Christiani.
Agnus redemit oves:
Christus innocens Patri
reconciliavit peccatores.
Mors et vita duello
conflixere mirando:
dux vitae mortuus,
regnat vivus.
Dic nobis Maria,
quid vidisti in via?

Sepulcrum Christi viventis,
et gloriam vidi resurgentis:

Angelicos testes,
sudarium, et vestes.

Surrexit Christus spes mea:
praecedet suos in Galilaeam.

Scimus Christum surrexisse
a mortuis vere:
tu nobis, victor Rex,
Amen. Alleluia.

Yes, I quote it in Latin, as the particular chant I’m thinking of is in Latin and couldn’t be done very well in English.  However, a handy tool by the name of Google is around for anyone who wants an English translation or to hear versions of it on mp3.  I must warn you, however, that I tried listening to a few samples on the web and they were disappointingly S-L-O-W and sad rather than upbeat and happy.

A lot of planning and organizing for this website has been going on over the past year behind the scenes.  We are getting closer to the time when we will be having a Grand Opening Day.  Not only will we be throwing the doors open to great discernment resources, but we will be having some wonderful surprises for our readers that day.

One of the reasons we have had to postpone our grand opening is that I am very busy with academic chores.  I have a 50-100 page thesis to write (I am writing on a topic regarding some issues affecting some priests and religious), an academic paper I promised to submit to my university’s journal, and am in the middle of preparation for a multitude of exams.  In fact, two of the exams will be on consecrated life, to be taken at the curial office of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Apostolic Societies for a diploma given by that Congregation.

With the grand opening coming up sometime this year, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you as to what services you would like to see offered by us.  We will not promote any particular order or diocese.  Our idea is to be a resource for vocational discernment by providing things which will help discerners with concrete criteria to look for in themselves and their prospective dioceses, orders, spouses, etc.  That being said, if you have suggestions on what we can do to help you with your vocational discernment, simply contact us here!

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