The Holy Father prayed the Regina Coeli with faithful gathered on Easter Monday. The Regina Coeli replaces the Angelus during the Easter season.
“In many countries Easter Monday is a holiday. People make trips to the countryside, or move further afield to visit relatives and to be together as a family. However I would like Christians to keep the reason for this holiday in their minds and hearts: the Resurrection of Christ, the definitive mystery of our faith”, the Pope said.
“The moment of the resurrection per se is not described by the Evangelists. It remains a mystery, not in the sense that it is less real, but that it is hidden, beyond the scope of our understanding, like a light so bright that we cannot look at it without our eyes being blinded. The narratives begin when, at dawn on the day after the Saturday, the women went to the tomb and found it open and empty. … Having received the announcement of the resurrection from the Angel they ran, full of fear and joy, to give the news to the disciples. At that very moment they met Jesus, bowing before His feet and worshipping Him as He said: ‘Do not be afraid, go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me’.
“All the Gospels dedicate a lot of space to the women in the narratives of the apparitions of the Risen Jesus, just as they do in those of His passion and death. In Israel at that time the testimony of women did not have official juridical weight, but women experienced a special bond with the Lord and this is fundamental for the real life of the Christian community, in all times and ages, not just in the early days of the Church”.
The Pope concluded by recalling that the model for this relationship with Jesus, especially in the Easter mystery, is Mary, Mother of the Lord. “Through the transforming experience of her Son’s passion, the Virgin Mary also became Mother of the Church; that is, of each believer and of the entire community”.