The Easter Season

Easter has arrived! Alleluia!

With the change of liturgical seasons from Lent to Easter, our daily class prayers change as well. The first part of the Easter season is the octave (8 days) of Easter. This originated from one of the customs of the Israelite people in the Old Testament. For the celebration of a major event, it was customary to celebrate for a whole week, from one Sabbath to the next. In the Church, our celebration of the octave of Easter begins on Easter Sunday and ends a week later on what we now know as the Sunday of Divine Mercy. During that week the Gloria is recited even at the daily Masses. So for the first week after Easter we said the Gloria as our class prayer.

Then for all of the other weeks of Easter, we will celebrate the joy of the season by reciting Philippians 4:47 (which begins with the word REJOICE) on Mondays and then for the rest of the week we will recite our Will of God prayer followed by a one minute period of silent mediation on "What is God's will for us TODAY?"

Since the date for Easter Sunday was later this year than others, we will be in the Easter  season all the way through to the end of the school year.

Copies of the Will of God prayer and Philippians verses are below. Happy Easter to all.

The Will of God Prayer

The Will of God Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ,

you are our Savior

and the Savior of the whole world.

We invite you to be with us now

and for the remainder of this week.

Send to us your most Holy Spirit

to protect us from all evil

and to open our eyes and hearts

to your loving presence.

We come to you now in silence,

seeking to know the will of our Father in heaven,

for this day.

Speak to us,

O Lord our God,

for we your children are listening.

(One minute of silent meditation)

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again, rejoice!

Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.

Then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

About Mr. Hoffhines

Dean Hoffhines teaches religion to 6th-8th grades.  He has taught at SEAS for 19 years. Mr. Hoffhines is a graduate of Putnam City High School and the University of Central Oklahoma.  He holds a BS degree in Mathematics and Science Education.  Mr. Hoffhines is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he is active in the Perpetual Adoration Program. Mr. Hoffhines regularly attends morning Mass on non-school days, is a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and enjoys playing cards and board and video games.