But at daybreak on the first day of the week they 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.

Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others.  The women were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James; the others who accompanied them also told this to the apostles, but their story seemed like nonsense and they did not believe them.  But Peter got up and ran to the tomb, bent down, and saw the burial cloths alone; then he went home amazed at what had happened.  (Luke 24:1-12)


Blessings and Easter Joy to you and your families!  He is risen!  Death and sin have been defeated!  

From the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara in the Province of the Immaculate Conception


Image from the National Gallery of Art
Master of Imola
Italian, active 1265 – 1280
The Three Maries at the Tomb with the Angel of the Resurrection, and Isaac Sending Esau Out to Hunt
c. 1275
two miniatures in tempera on vellum in an eight-leaf fragment from an antiphonary
sheet: 56 x 37 cm (22 1/16 x 14 9/16 in.)
book: 56.4 x 39.3 x 1.1 cm (22 3/16 x 15 1/2 x 7/16 in.)
Gift of Mr. Ladislaus and Beatrix von Hoffmann2009.1.1