Easter Sunday April 20 :: He Must Rise

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. Then the disciples went back to their homes…

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

John 20:1-10, 19-21

sound  ::  Golgotha, La Résurrection, Frank Martin (1948), Philharmonia Chorus (2011)

image  ::  Angel Rolled the Stone from the Tomb, Alexander Ivanov (19th cent. Russian)

Ангел отваливает камень от гроба, Angel Rolled the Stone from the Tomb, Alexander Ivanov (19th cent. Russian)

Almighty God,
who through Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ
overcame death and opened to us
the gate of everlasting life:
Grant that we,
who celebrate with joy
the day of the Lord’s resurrection,
may be raised from the death of sin
by Your life-giving Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Book of Common Prayer

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