Saturday, March 30, 2013

Holy Week: Easter Sunday

Both from the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene

 Mark 16
 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

From the Russian Orthodox Church of Alexander Nevsky

Matthew 28
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for athe bangel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
 aHis bcountenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
 aAnd the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
 He is not here: for he is arisen, as he said. Come, see the place where the bLord lay.

From the Roman Catholic Chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Mark 16
 ¶Now when Jesus was arisen early the first day of the week, he bappeared first to cMary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

From the Russian Orthodox Church of Mary Magdalene

John 20
 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, aMaster.
 17 Jesus saith unto her, aTouch me not; for I am not yet bascended to my cFather: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my dFather, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.

 The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre, by Dan Burr (Ensign April 2009)

 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other adisciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the bLord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.

The Doubtful Thomas, by Carl Heinrich Bloch

 John 20
24 ¶But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
 25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the aprint of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
 26 ¶And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and athrust it into my side: and be not bfaithless, but cbelieving.
 28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
 29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast aseen me, thou hast believed: bblessed are they that have not seen, and yet have cbelieved.

Christ on the Road to Emmaus, by Greg Olsen

Luke 24
13 ¶And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem aabout threescore furlongs.
 14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.
 15 And it came to pass, that, while they acommuned together and reasoned, bJesus himself drew near, and went with them.
 16 But their eyes were aholden that they should not know him.
 17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?
 18 And the one of them, whose name was aCleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?
 19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:
 20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

Trappist Monastery at Latrun (one of several possible sites of Emmaus--but too far from Jerusalem to be the real place)

From Trappist Monastery at Latrun

Luke 24
28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.
 29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.
 30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.
 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
 32 And they said one to another, Did not our aheart bburn within us, while he ctalked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

Ruins of another Emmaus (Emmaus Nicopolis)

Easter Morning (2010) Services at the Garden Tomb

Easter Morning Roman Catholic Services (2010) in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

In front of the entrance to the tomb


  1. I have really enjoyed reading your Holy Week posts. It was a great way to remember and focus my attention everyday this week on the Savior. (And also to remember some of the important sites I have seen from 3 years ago!)


    Corina Cox Sorensen

  2. Thanks for putting this together. It gave me a better understanding and appreciation for the events of the Holy week. It gave me a new perspective on and appreciation for Easter. I'm already looking forward to leaning on your expertise next year as I try to increase my devotion and worship leading up to Easter.

  3. Great posts all week long. Thanks for putting it together and sharing!

  4. Excellent, just excellent. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is a beautiful effort! Thank you for sharing it with the body of Christ!

  6. Thank you! I love coming to these posts every year.