The Holy Women At The Tomb – Resurrection by William Adolphe Bouguereau

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. She came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,” she said, “and we do not know where they have put Him!”…

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2Suddenly there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, rolled away the stone, and sat on it.…

John 20:1; Matthew 28:1

Eastertide Prayer: We praise you, O, Lord, in this Easter season. Change our lives, change our hearts to be messengers of Easter joy and hope. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord forever. Amen. Ora Pro Nobis

Christ is Risen: The world below lies desolate
Christ is Risen: The spirits of evil are fallen
Christ is Risen: The angels of God are rejoicing
Christ is Risen: The tombs of the dead are empty
Christ is Risen indeed from the dead, the first of the sleepers,
Glory and power are his forever and ever. – St. Hippolytus of Rome


Easter begins the 50 days knows as Eastertide. During its first week, it is known as the week of the baptized, a special time of joy for those who were baptized during the Easter vigil. It is also a remembrance and celebration for Christians as they in this newness of spirit teach the newly baptized and go out as those who saw the tomb of Christ and the stone rolled away and proclaim to all that death has been defeated and sin has been defeated. Hope of everlasting life is for all who listen and change. Christ has risen and the Kingdom is coming! Hallelujah!

This Joyful Eastertide Arr. Wood.

During this Eastertide , we imagine what it was like, the lingering euphoria of these women who were the first to see the empty tomb, the first to see the resurrected Jesus, the first to tell the glorious good news that Christ Is Risen!  How chivalrous of a risen Savior to have appeared first to those unequal, to those who were seen as discredited in society with the most important event that has ever occurred in the history of mankind.  These few women then telling the good news did indeed become a large romantic army. (Psalm 68:11)

Will we be the first in our day to tell those we know and those we don’t of Christ’s victory over death for all eternity?  Our world needs to hear of this hope especially now!

Preaching the Good News – the peculiar chivalry of Christendom

Chesterton once observed that no matter what subject came up, it was always going to be about God. And when one thinks of the preaching work of telling the Good News, the central part of it is the hope of the resurrection. Chesterton heard it echo in his mind when he saw the first fruits and buds of spring and he recalled it when he saw the short distance of time between historical tragedies and historical comebacks. The theme is always about a “god who knew the way out of the grave”

“It is this splendour of the hopeless hope; sometimes called the forlorn hope, which has made the peculiar chivalry of Christendom, which has given to us alone the true idea of romance; for the real romance was a combination of fidelity to the quest as a task, with perpetual and enormous inequality to the task. And if anyone really wishes to know what is really rooted in our religion, and typical of our culture, he will find it in those late flowers and fruits which have quite recently grown upon trees that were counted utterly stricken and dead through long winters of recent centuries. He will see it in a flash if he thinks for one moment of how short a time separates the Irish Free State from the Irish Famine; and when I went to Poland and heard again the national march of the Poles, I told them that through those words I heard words that were old when all our songs were new, and shall be new when all our songs are old: “I am the Resurrection and the Life.”

– G. K. Chesterton, Resurrection, Published April 9, 1936, found in the Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, vol. V

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