Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen, indeed!
But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb;Â 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.Â They said to her, â€˜Woman, why are you weeping?â€™ She said to them, â€˜They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.â€™Â When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.Â Jesus said to her, â€˜Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?â€™ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, â€˜Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.â€™Â Jesus said to her, â€˜Mary!â€™ She turned and said to him in Hebrew,â€˜Rabbouni!â€™ (which means Teacher).Â Jesus said to her, â€˜Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, â€œI am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.â€Â â€™Â Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, â€˜I have seen the Lordâ€™; and she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:11-18
God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of death you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Inrease in our hearts and minds the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord. Amen. (from The Book Of Common Worship)