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By Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, OnePeterFive, April 24, 2022

Fr. John Zuhlsdorf – Convert from Lutheranism, ordained to the priesthood in 1991 by St. John Paul II in Rome for the Suburbicarian Diocese of Velletri-Segni. Classics at University of Minnesota. Licence and Doctoral studies in Patristic Theology at the Augustinianum in Rome. …


Fr. John ZuhlsdorfThis Sunday we complete the Octave of Easter.  In the post-Conciliar calendar, it is creatively called the “Second Sunday of Easter” or, since John Paul II was greatly interested in the theme, “Divine Mercy Sunday”.  However, historically we call the Easter Octave, “Low Sunday”, probably because it was celebrated with less pomp than Easter.  It is called “Thomas Sunday”, because that Apostle is highlighted in the Gospel reading.  It is also famously called “Quasimodo Sunday” for the first word of the opening chant, the Introit from 1 Peter 2:2-3: “Like (in the Vulgate Sicut modo) newborn babes (infantes), long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation; for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.”  Quasimodo and Sicut modo are interchangeable.  …

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