The first Sunday after Easter is known as Low Sunday, so called because of the contrast between the great feast remembering Christ’s Resurrection and the lesser, more low-key return to Sunday observance.  In the Catholic Church it is now referred to as Divine Mercy Sunday.

In the early Church, this was the Sunday where the catechumens, traditionally baptised on Easter Eve, went without their white baptismal robes for the first time. 

Low Sunday is also known as Quasimodo Sunday.  This name comes from the words of the Introit in Latin: ‘Quasi modo geniti infantes, rationabile, sine dolo lac concupiscite’. This translates to: ‘As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile’ and is intended for those baptised the week before.  These words send them out into the world with the reminder to receive God’s Word with a pure heart and accept the promise of life eternal through Jesus Christ.  They are called to live a godly life.  For those baptised earlier, it is a reminder of these Christian duties and responsibilities.       

Although Easter has passed and our celebrations finished, let us take to heart what God has made possible through the Risen Christ.  How can we not adore the One who gave His life for our sins?  How can we not worship and live in a manner which gives glory to God on High?

(For those wondering about Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the story begins with a baby left outside Notre Dame on this particular Sunday, hence his name.  The words of the Introit are present throughout the book in various themes.)

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