Sunday, 23 March 2008

Why seek ye the living among the dead ?


Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
and his kindness is for ever.
Now let Israel say, he is good
and his kindness is for ever.

“The Lord’s right hand has triumphed!
The Lord’s right hand has raised me up.

I shall not die, but live,
and tell of the works of the Lord”.


The stone that the builders rejected
has become the corner-stone.
It was the Lord who did this –
it is marvellous to behold.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

They will see the face of the Lord, and his name will be marked on their foreheads. There will be no more night: they will not need sunlight or lamp-light, because the Lord God himself will shine upon them. And they will reign for ever and ever

After the sabbath, and towards dawn on the first day of the week, Mary of Magdala and the other Mary went to visit the sepulchre. And all at once there was a violent earthquake, for the angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His face was like lightning, his robe white as snow. The guards were so shaken, so frightened of him, that they were like dead men. But the angel spoke; and he said to the women, ‘There is no need for you to be afraid.
I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said he would. Come and see the place where he lay, then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has risen from the dead and now he is going before you to Galilee; it is there you will see him”.
Now I have told you.’ Filled with awe and great joy the women came quickly away from the tomb and ran to tell the disciples.
And there, coming to meet them, was Jesus. ‘Greetings’ he said. And the women came up to him and, falling down before him, clasped his feet. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers that they must leave for Galilee; they will see me there’




On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away.



In varying ways they realised the new wonder; but even they hardly realised that the world had died in the night.




What they were looking at was the first day of the new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth;



and in the semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden,



in the cool not of the evening but the dawn....






-G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man




O God of unchangeable power and eternal light,
look kindly upon your sacrament that is the Church in this world,
and carry through the work of salvation smoothly according to your eternal plan.
May the whole world see and experience how
what is fallen is stood upright once more;
what was corrupted by age is once more made new;
and how all things are made whole through Christ, to whom they owe their creation,
who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Amen.

[The Easter Homily by His Holiness is printed at the bottom of the right panel]

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