Resurrection Joy: Easter at the Chartres Cathedral

Is resurrection possible? Sometimes God’s choices don’t make any sense.

 

Angel showing Mary Jesus' empty tomb on the first Easter morning
Angel showing Mary Jesus’ empty tomb on the first Easter morning

 

My prayer response:

May Your resurrection, dear Christ, become more real–in my life and in the world– than I could ever hope for.

 

Candlelight Easter Vigil
Candlelight Easter Vigil

 

Biblical touchstones:

Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means Teacher).

Mary and the Risen Christ talk together
Mary and the Risen Christ talk together

Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:11-17

 

Mary telling the disciples about her encounter with the risen Christ
Mary telling the disciples about her encounter with the risen Christ

 

I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 1 Corinthians 15:3-5

 

Bishop presiding below the icon of the resurrection
Bishop presiding below the icon of the resurrection

 

Invitation to prayer:
What prayers are emerging from your heart, mind, and body? Pray them now. Let them lead you where you need to go.

 

Celebrating the resurrection by dancing around the altar after the Easter Vigil
Celebrating the resurrection by dancing around the altar after the Easter Vigil

 

Photos: Resurrection scenes from the Mary Magdalene window and the Easter Vigil in Chartres, 2015

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