In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Tradition has given names the Sundays after Easter, just like we do in Advent and Lent. These names almost always come from the first word or two of the Introit for the day. This helps tell us what the day is about. For example, the first Sunday after Easter is called Quasimodogeniti, from the Antiphon of the Introit that admonishes us “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word,” and the day’s Readings center on how we, as Christians, are to rely alone on the Word of God. Today goes against the trend of the naming system and is called “Rogate,” while the Introit never uses that word. However, it does appear in the Gospel as Our Lord’s repeated admonition: “ask,” a word we know better as “pray.” Together with the Introit’s call to remember that the Lord has redeemed His people and to declare it with a voice of singing, we get a full picture of the prayer life of a Christian. We are to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thes. 5:16-18), as Paul said to the Thessalonians. We ask things of God, thank Him for what He has given us, and rejoice in the salvation given in Christ Jesus. All these prayers are the rights and responsibilities we have as God’s children.
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).