From Easter to Pentecost
Just as Sunday is the first and the eighth day, so the "great Sunday" of the fifty days of Eastertide/Pentecost begins with the day of the resurrection and continues through eight Sundays, an octave of Sundays, a "week of weeks." It has been suggested that the English expression "Whitsunday" derives from the French huit (eight), Pentecost being le huitième dimanche, the eighth Sunday of Easter.
He Is Risen!
The prophets who prophesied of the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired about this salvation; they inquired what person or time was indicated by the Spirit of Christ within them when predicting the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glory. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things which have now been announced to you by those who preached the good news to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
For those of us who pray the Angelus each day, you find here
this reminder that during the Pascal Time (Easter through Pentecost),
the Regina Coeli is prayed instead.
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
R. For He whom you were worthy to bear. Alleluia.
V. Has risen as He said. Alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R. For the Lord is truly risen. Alleluia.
Let Us Pray
O God, Who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, has
been pleased to give joy to the whole world, grant. we beseech Thee,
that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may
attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ Our Lord.
Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God's love entrusts me here;
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide.