“He is not here, but has risen.”

Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb by Fra Angelico

 Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb by Fra Angelico (Wikimedia Commons)

Readings for the Easter Vigil.

Readings for Easter Day.

From “Praying the Rosary with H. Lyman Stebbins“:

“But although we must do all our work while we have the light of life, God frequently does His greatest works in the dark. Darkness was upon the face of the deep when God began His creation, saying, ‘Let there be light!’ He, the Light of the world, was brought forth to us in the darkness of midnight, from the darkness of the womb of the Holy Virgin, within the darkness of the cave in the City of David. And it can be thought that the payment of the great Ransom began when, from the Upper Room, Judas went out; and it was night. (Jn. 13:39) Such was the prelude to the Agony, the Crucifixion, the Burial. Our beloved dead are perhaps not exempted from that darkness which fell upon the world.

“Yet, very early in the morning on the third day, while it was yet dark to the bodily eye, the RESURRECTION was disclosed. Again—and forever—the Sun had risen: In very truth the Lord had risen from the dead.

Queen of heaven rejoice, alleluia!
for He whom you were worthy to bear, alleluia!
as risen as He said, alleluia!
Pray for us to God, alleluia!

“In that glory the heavens and the earth rejoice; and our beloved dead join in the jubilation. Alleluia!”

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