Happy Easter 2011 – “He Is Risen”
Matthew 28: 1-7
1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
Wishing you and yours a joyous and blessed Easter.
Christians pray during an Easter Sunday mass at the state-controlled Xishiku Cathedral (also known as the North Cathedral) in Beijing April 24, 2011. While Easter services for tens of millions of Christians across China mostly went ahead unhindered, police led away people trying to gather in northwest Beijing, where the Shouwang Church had called for outdoor services after it was evicted from its rented premises during a clampdown on dissent. (REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic)
Russian Orthodox believers hold candles during an Easter service in Moscow April 23, 2011. This year, Orthodox and Catholic churches are celebrating Easter on the same date. (REUTERS/Mikhail Voskresensky)