Vatican City, Apr 2, 2018 / 04:25 am
On Easter Monday, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to celebrate Easter with their community of family and friends, taking time to renew the brotherhood and sisterhood that is a fruit of the Lord’s resurrection.
“Today is a day of celebration and conviviality usually lived with the family, it is a day of the family. After celebrating Easter, we feel the need to reunite with our loved ones and with friends to party,” the Pope said April 2.
This is because fraternity is the fruit of Christ’s death and resurrection, he explained, when Jesus “defeated the sin that separated man from God, man from himself, man from his brothers.”
“It is so important in our time to rediscover fraternity, just as it was lived in the early Christian communities,” he continued.
Pope Francis gave his message before leading pilgrims in praying the Regina Coeli from a window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.
It is customary for the Pope to lead this traditional Marian prayer on the Monday following Easter Sunday, also sometimes called the “Monday of the Angel” for the angel who announced Christ’s resurrection to the women at the tomb.
During the 50 days of Easter, the Regina Coeli will also replace the usual recitation of the Angelus on Sundays.
Pope Francis explained that the first announcement that Christ was alive, that he had risen from the dead, was made by an angel, and that “it took a superior being to communicate a reality so shocking, so incredible, that perhaps no man would dare to pronounce it.”