Pope Francis began his address Monday morning in St. Peter's Square saying "Happy Easter! Christ is risen! He is truly risen." According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father said that the dominant feeling that shines in the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection is one of joy and wonder. He encouraged the faithful to relive the mood of the disciples with the news that the women had brought, "Jesus is risen!" Pope Francis exclaimed.
Pope Francis said,
"Let this experience imprinted in the Gospel, be imprinted in our hearts and in our lives. Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate through our thoughts, looks, attitudes, gestures and words. But let this come from within us." Pope Francis emphasized, "When it comes from within, from a heart immersed in the source of this joy, it is like that of Mary Magdalene, who wept for the loss of her Lord and could not believe her eyes seeing him risen."
Pope Francis said that the person who does this becomes a witness to the resurrection and is then able to bring the 'ray' of light of the Risen Lord to various human situations such as spreading happiness, helping those in pain and bringing serenity and hope.
Pope Francis urged the faithful in St. Peter's Square to read the chapters in the bible which tell us about the resurrection of Jesus saying it does us good to do this.
We would do well this week to think about Mary, Pope Francis said; recalling her pain which was strong enough to pierce her soul. Pope Francis stated that in going through the experience of the death and resurrection of her Son, her heart became a source of peace, comfort, hope, and mercy.
Pope Francis said,
"Mary is the Mother full of hope, the Mother of all the disciples, the Mother of the Church.
In going through the experience of the death and resurrection of her Son, her heart became a source of peace, comfort, hope, and mercy. Mary is the Mother full of hope, the Mother of all the disciples , the Mother of the Church."
Pope Francis recited the Regina Coeli with all the faithful in St. Peter's Square and then wished them a very Happy and Holy Easter. The Easter prayer Regina Coeli (“Queen of Heaven” in Latin) is a wonderful tribute to our Lord’s resurrection and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although its origins are unknown, it dates back to the 13th century.
The Regina Coeli is one of four antiphons (short liturgical texts sung or chanted) dedicated to Our Lady. It is often sung as a hymn and has had numerous musical settings in its original Latin text, including several by Mozart.
Traditionally, it is prayed standing, often at noon, in place of the Angelus, during the Easter Season from Holy Saturday until Pentecost.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He, whom thou wast worthy to bear. Alleluia.
Has risen as He said. Alleluia.
Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.
Let us pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.