The Resurrection of Jesus
After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”
–Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New Revised Standard Version
Early Easter Morning our congregation gathers in the cemetery to witness newly kindled fire that will be used to light the Easter Candle. From this candle, symbol of Christ the light of the world, we light our individual candles in progression as we enter the church, where we sing hymns of praise. We ask God to bless the new fire, and to increase in our hearts a desire to shine with the brightness of Christ’s rising.
May you experience the Grace of Jesus and the Love of God on this holy day.
Happy Easter! He is risen!