3. Christ appears to St Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)

3. Christ appears to St Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)

“Mary Magdalene remained weeping outside the tomb. And as she wept, she bent down to look into the tomb, and she saw two angels in white sitting there where the body of Jesus had been, one at the head and the other at the feet. They asked her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She answered, “They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him.”

As she said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have removed him, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni!” (which means “Teacher”).

Jesus then said to her, “Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene then went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and repeated what he had said to her.”

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Paul Woodroffe / Noli me tangere / Stained glass / 1945 / St Tarcisius, Camberley

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