Octave of Easter


Sunday is the octave of Easter, which commemorates the eighth day after Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. An octave is a repetition, but a repetition with difference. It’s not the first note played again, but the first note at a higher pitch.

Octaves mark new beginnings in the Bible. The octave is rooted in creation: After the Lord God strums his six-plus-one song of creation, the cycle begins again with the day after the Sabbath, a first day which is also an eighth. Fittingly, Hebrew boys were circumcised on the eighth day. Firstborn animals were dedicated to Yahweh on the eighth day after birth. Aaron entered the priesthood on the eighth day. Lepers, men with discharges, women with flows of blood were cleansed on the eighth day. The temple dedication climaxed with a solemn assembly on the eighth day.

From Easter Raised an Octave by Peter J. Leithart. To continue reading please click here.

Second Sunday of Easter – Divine Mercy Sunday

What will the years ahead bring us? What will man’s future on earth be like? We are not given to know. However, it is certain that in addition to new progress there will unfortunately be no lack of painful experiences. But the light of divine mercy, which the Lord in a way wished to return to the world through Sr Faustina’s charism, will illumine the way for the men and women of the third millennium.

From the Canonization Homily of St. Faustina, St. Pope John Paul II, 30 April 2000. Complete text

Prayer of St. Ambrose before Mass

fulton sheen mass jerusalemLord, Jesus Christ,
I approach your banquet table
in fear and trembling,
for I am a sinner,
and dare not rely on my own worth
but only on your goodness and mercy.
I am defiled by many sins
in body and soul,
and by my unguarded thoughts and words.
Gracious God of majesty and awe,
I seek your protection,
I look for your healing;
Poor troubled sinner that I am,
I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy.
I cannot bear your judgment,
but I trust in your salvation.
Lord, I show my wounds to you.
I know my sins are many and great,
and they fill me with fear,
but I hope in your mercies,
for they cannot be numbered.
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man,
crucified for mankind,
look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer,
for I trust in you.
Have mercy on me,
full of sorrow and sin,
for the depth of your compassion never ends.
Praise to you, saving sacrifice,
offered on the wood of the cross for me
and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood,
flowing from the wounds of my crucified
Lord Jesus Christ
and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord, your creature,
whom you have redeemed with your blood.
I repent my sins,
and I long to put right what I have done.
Merciful Father, take away
all my offenses and sins;
purify me in body and soul,
and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.
May your body and blood,
which I intend to receive,
although I am unworthy,
be for me the remission of my sins,
the washing away of my guilt,
the end of my evil thoughts,
and the rebirth of my better instincts.
May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you
and profitable to my health in body and soul,
and be a firm defense
against the wiles of my enemies. Amen.

Visitation to the Homebound and those in Beverly Nursing Homes

This Visitation Ministry serves those who are elderly, sick, homebound, or those in our local nursing home who are unable to attend Mass by providing them with the Eucharist, contact with the parish, prayer and some regular companionship. Please consider taking the Eucharist to a homebound parishioner or saying The Rosary at one of the local nursing homes. For more information please contact our office.

Attention Men of Beverly – Knights of Columbus

Beverly Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest
Catholic fraternal service organization. It was
founded by the Venerable Father Michael J.
McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882,
and named in honor of the navigator Christopher
Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to
low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal
service organization dedicated to providing charitable services,
promoting Catholic education and actively defending Catholicism
in various nations.
The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a
brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving
the world around them, one community at a time. They stand
together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles they cherish
– Charity, Unity, and Fraternity – while lending their support
and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight. From charity
for worldwide causes, to helping closer to home with volunteer
activities, to a top-rated insurance program that protects those
closest to you, the Knights makes the most of its brotherhood.
All men in the parish – young or old – are welcome and should
consider joining the Knights of Columbus. We’d love to have
you! For more information on joining the Knights, please contact
Peter Jaquith – Grand Knight of Beverly Council 175 –
At: grandknight175@aol.com.