Communion Antiphon, Cf. 1 Pt 2:9:
O chosen people, proclaim the mighty works of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light, alleluia.
"Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you!'" The Gospel tells of an appearance of Jesus in the Cenacle on the very day of His resurrection. The newly baptized (neophytes) and all Christians with them, must live like the risen Christ, none but a heavenly life and by their manner of living proclaim their faith in Christ."This is the day the Lord has made, Alleluia!
Let us rejoice and be glad, Alleluia!"The Optional Memorial of St. Anselm, which is ordinarily celebrated today, is superseded by the Easter Octave liturgy.
Shallow minds are easily scandalized at the thought that, despite Christ Jesus' divine mission and His heroic earnestness in fulfilling it, despite the limitless possibilities of the Sacrifice of Calvary glorified in the power of the Resurrection, even now so many human souls are still sick and diseased, even dead in sin and seemingly lost in impenitence.
"Come, eat My bread, and drink the wine which I have mingled for you. All you that thirst come to the waters, and you that have no money, make haste, buy, and eat: come ye, buy wine and milk without money! Come! to experience the virtue of the waters, and of the food, and of the medicine, and of the fire. Come and drink lest you die of thirst! Come and eat lest your soul hunger and starve! Come, approach the fire of My charity, to be stirred out of your spiritual coldness and numbness!"
—Our Way to the Father by Rev. Leo M. Krenz, S.J.
Thursday in the Octave of Easter
Station with Ss. XII Apostoli al Foro Traiano (Twelve Holy Apostles at Trajan's Forum):
At Rome, the Station is in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles, better known in Rome as better known as Santi Apostoli. The newly baptized were brought, today, into the church dedicated to the witnesses of the Resurrection, where repose the bodies of two out of the twelve: St. Philip and St. James the Less. An ancient inscription shows that this church was formerly dedicated to Philip and James. See Walks in Rome page for some highlights of this basilica.
For further information on the Station Churches, see The Stational Church.