15 - Jesus rises from the dead

(May be omitted on Good Friday)


            We adore you O Christ and we bless you

All        because by your holy cross

you have redeemed the world.


Bible Reading - Mark 16:1, 4-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. 4When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 6But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.’ 8So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.*



How do you imagine the Resurrection?  Is it like a nuclear reaction, equivalent to the big bang at the beginning of creation?  Is it an explosion of energy that can’t be contained?  However it takes place the shockwaves travel through everything.  As Jesus is a concentration of God’s presence in his creation, so the resurrection breaks the confines that were required for his earthly ministry.  This takes place unseen and by definition can’t be seen.  It is what follows that leads his friends and followers to the gradual understanding.  Death could not contain him and the sign of defeat fixed to his cross has become a banner of victory.  Christ who died is risen.  Alleluia!


Lord Jesus,

we give you thanks and praise

for you have broken the power of death.

Fill us with your new life

that our lives may sing with your Alleluia.  Amen.



            O Saviour of the world

who by your cross and precious blood redeemed us

All        Save us and help us we humbly beseech you, O Lord.