Church Begins at Home: Easter Sunday


Opening the Scriptures at Home

The Lord is risen! Catholic Christians around the world are reflecting on the same readings today. We remain spiritually connected to one another as we open our hearts to the Word of God. 

This page contains two sections:

  • Responsorial Psalm + Easter Message + Instrumental Meditation
  • Fr. Desmond's "Easter Alleluia Playlist"

He is RISEN!



Responsorial Psalm + Easter Message + Instrumental Meditation

The responsorial psalm on Easter Sunday comes from Psalm 118. You may be familiar with the arrangement featured below because Rawn Harbor's arrangement of Psalm 118 is used at Most Blessed Sacrament. 


Psalm 118: This Is the Day (arranged by Rawn Harbor)


Psalm 118: 1-2, 16-17, 22-23

R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”

R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

“The right hand of the LORD has struck with power;
the right hand of the LORD is exalted.
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.”

R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.

The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.

R. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad.


Easter Message


Instrumental Meditation - Easter Medley

Our music director, Aleron Morton, offers an instrumental meditation for Easter Sunday: "For God So Loved the World" by Lanny Wolfe and "Why Did He Do It?" by John Patrick Adams.



Fr. Desmond's "Easter Alleluia Playlist"

These songs will help you celebrate throughout the day. Add these songs to your own Easter Playlist to fill your home with Easter praises today and this week. Easter Sunday is celebrated as an octave - that is, across eight (8) days.

Send your playlist to Fr. Desmond at [email protected] (include links to quality YouTube videos) - we will be sharing an Easter song with the parishioners and friends of Most Blessed Sacrament on each day of the Octave of Easter. 


"Hallelujah to the King of Kings" - Ron Kenoly

A note from Fr. Desmond: The co-writer of this song, the late Reverend Renetha Macklin, was the music director at the Pentecostal church where I grew up. She wrote the chorus of this song: "Hallelujah to the King of Kings; Hallelujah to the Lord of Lords; He's worthy!" We sang this praise chorus in church on a regular basis! I have fond memories of Elder Renetha (as we called her) playing the keyboard and leading a throng of worshipers. She was always so animated - she loved to worship! I thank God for Elder Renetha's leadership and ministry!


"Hallelujah" from Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration


"Glory and Honor" - John P. Kee and the New Life Community Choir


"Alleluia Medley" - West Angeles Church of God in Christ Mass Choir


"Hallelujah You're Worthy" - Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir


"Revelation 19:1" - Stephen Hurd


"The Highest Praise" - Richard Smallwood & Vision