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Master of Imola (Italian, active 1265 – 1280) a miniature in tempera on vellum (c. 1275) / Courtesy the National Gallery of Art

But at daybreak on the first day of the week [the women] took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground.

They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”

And they remembered his words.  (Luke 24:1-8)

May we also learn to “remember his words” and thus grow in our faith in the historical reality of Christ’s physical resurrection on Easter morning.  Resurrexit, sicut dixit, Alleluia!  “He is risen as He said, Alleluia!”

During these days of the Easter Octave, the whole Church looks to the Risen One and marvels at the victory He has won for us.  May our lives be illuminated with this unshakable confidence, and say with St. Paul: I know him in whom I have believed. (2 Tim 1:12)

We wish you and your families a joyful Easter celebration in the light of the Risen One who has conquered sin and death!

Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará

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Benvenuto di Giovanni (Sienese, 1436 – a.1517) The Resurrection, probably 1491 / Courtesy The National Gallery of Art