During the season of Easter there are five Prefaces that may be used in the Eucharistic Prayer at Sunday Mass – plus those proper to the feasts of Ascension and Pentecost.
This Sunday your community may have used the following, which reminds of, and celebrates, ‘Christ living and always interceding for us,’ (which is its title in the Missal).
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
at all times to acclaim you, O Lord,
but in this time above all to laud you yet more gloriously,
when Christ our Passover has been sacrificed.
He never ceases to offer himself for us
but defends us and ever pleads our cause before you:
he is the sacrificial Victim who dies no more,
the Lamb, once slain, who lives for ever.
Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim:
Preface III of Easter
The Preface above reminds that the Paschal Mystery is not just an historical event, achieved nearly 2000 years ago, and commemorated now, like we might commemorate the ends of wars, or other great national or cultural events.
What was is, in the Resurrection. The Paschal Mystery of love even at cost of suffering (and is there any other kind?), and of love triumphing over human sin and death, is a mystery just as present now, just as present now as it was back then.
It is because Christ is. And it is for us because Christ is for us.
He serves us today as truly as he served the couple on their way to Emmaus.
Alleluia! Praise be to God!
The Risen Christ. Peter and Paul Cathedral, St Petersburg, Russia. (c) 2015, Allen Morris.