This is the first post that Roman Catholic America has up. More will come as soon as possible. But first order of business is to say: ALLELUIA!!!!! HE IS RISEN!!!!
It is now the Thursday within the Octave of Easter and is it good.
The Easter season is so filled with rejoicing and praise to God that one can be overwhelmed, especially during the Octave (everyday is a Solemnity, crazy!). It is interesting when attending Mass during the Octave and forgetting in fact that it is still technically Easter. Just yesterday I was attending Mass and the Gloria was almost forgotten. The Lector walked up to the ambo and announced the reading from the Acts of the Apostles and BURRR!!! the organist cut him off when he realized that the Gloria was forgotten. Every one in the Church jumped a bit and most smiled all the way through the Gloria, but then it dawned on me... we ought to smile and be filled with joy during the Gloria every time it is sung. Think about it, this wonderful prayer that is proclaiming the glory of the Most High God ought to elicit joy, and so often it is glossed over as the congregation drudges through it with long faces looking at their watches as they think of the breakfast menu that will be offered in the parish hall after Mass.
The Gloria is essential to the worship of God because it praises his Glory. We ought to take this Easter serious for what is it, a celebration of joy in Christs' destruction of sin and death. Be joyful for He is Risen!!!