Holy week in Chartres (7): Resurrection

Chartres Cathedral is a Bible in stone and stained glass. “Read” with me the Easter story as it was told in the twelfth century. Take time with each image, finding yourself somewhere in the ancient story, or its modern reverberations.

The empty tomb of Jesus on the first Easter morning (Passion Window at Chartres, 1145-55)

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.  Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”  Luke 24:1-7 NRSV 

Mary Magdalene and another Mary with the Risen Christ

Mary stood weeping outside the tomb…The two angels in white 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). 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 20:11-18 NRSV

Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles, sharing the news of Jesus’s resurrection with his disciples. Note Peter’s foot outside the frame as he prepares to run to the tomb to see for himself.

Then the women remembered Jesus’s words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to the apostles an idle tale, and they did not believe the women. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened. Luke 24:8-12 NRSV

The Easter Vigil in Chartres Cathedral

Where are these images and words taking you today? Share your heart with the Risen Christ.

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Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.

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