The First Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Resurrection of Christ. It's a meditation on Christ's miraculous return to life and the discovery of his empty tomb.
Tag: Resurrection of Christ
This very human story of how Christ talked anonymously with two mourning disciples is found in St Luke’s gospel, although it’s briefly mentioned in St Mark’s too (16:12-13). Pope Benedict XVI once summarised it very well. He said: “It tells the tale of two followers of Christ who, on the day after the Sabbath or … Continue reading The Road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35)
The account of the arrival of the female followers of Christ at his tomb is found in all four gospels (Matthew 28:1-8; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-11; John 20:1-9). Each gospel focuses on different details of the visit. St Luke's gospel is one of the most comprehensive. It tells us that a group of women arrived together … Continue reading The Holy Women at the Tomb (Mark 16:1-8)
In his preaching to the crowds, St Peter interpreted Psalm 16 as a prophecy that Christ (in Hebrew, Messiah) would rise from the dead. After quoting the Psalm, he said: "David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, “He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.” (Acts 2:22-31) St Paul referred to the Psalm in a similar … Continue reading The Resurrection of the Messiah (Psalm 16:8-11)
After rising from the dead, the first person Christ appeared to was his close friend, St Mary Magdalene. Their meeting took place in a garden near where he was crucified, outside the tomb where Christ had been buried. In her grief - and only half paying attention - Mary initially mistook Christ as the gardener … Continue reading Christ appears to St Mary Magdalene (John 20:11-18)
This brightly-coloured, imposing window from St George's Cathedral depicts the Resurrection of Christ in glory on Easter Sunday. The details of the stricken Roman soldiers, who were keeping guard at the tomb, show that the scene is based on St Matthew's gospel - who alone records their presence. The Risen Christ is shown in a manner that has … Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:1-20)