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Catholic Activity: Easter Prayer Practices

During the Easter season our liturgy and prayers have noticeable differences, such as extra Alleluias during Mass, the saying of the Regina Coeli instead of the Angelus. This author suggests reviving the old English custom of standing during prayers during the Easter season.

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From Easter Sunday until Whitsun (Pentecost) one could follow the old custom of not kneeling to pray. Thus, grace before meals, night and morning prayers, could all be said standing, as a reminder of two things — first that Christ rose from the dead and that no power of man was able to keep him prostrate in his tomb; second that after the Ascension our Lord will be sending the Holy Spirit to us, whom we should be ready and willing to receive. Our standing to pray could thus symbolize our readiness.

One might also, instead of grace before meals, sing a simple alleluia.

Activity Source: Candle is Lighted, A by P. Stewart Craig, The Grail, Field End House, Eastcote, Middlesex, 1945

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