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Gospel JN 20:1-9 from USCCB.Org
“On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.”
Gospel USCCB.org Mt 28:1-10
“After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning
and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
‘Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.’
Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.’”
“Alleluia, alleluia!” By Lisa Reno.
Excerpt from MagnifiKid!
Easter, April 21, 2019. Vol. 16. Part 5. Section 6. Page 3.
“What has happened? Jesus just died on the cross, and all his disciples are overwhelmed with grief. Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb of Jesus early in the morning. Astounded, she sees that it is open. Did someone come during the night to steal the body of Jesus? Full of anguish, she runs to look for Peter and John. The two disciples go quickly to the tomb and see that she is telling the truth: ‘Jesus has disappeared!’ John notices a detail–the burial clothes that Jesus was wrapped in are lying on the floor of the tomb. For him, everything is clear. No one has stolen the body. Jesus has risen as he had promised. He is alive forever; God has risen him from the dead. From this morning on we are certain that evil, sin, and death have been conquered: we are saved. Alleluia, alleluia!”
We Learn By Praying the Rosary
“The First Glorious Mystery–Jesus Rises from the dead”
“Jesus is risen from the dead. Lk. 24:6
He appeared to the apostles and says: ‘Peace be with you.’ Jn. 20:19
He then appeared to more than five hundred at one time. 1 Cor. 15:6
If Christ is not risen, then our faith is useless. 1 Cor 15:14
Thomas declares: ‘Unless I see I will not believe.’ Jn. 20:25
‘Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed.’ Jn. 20:29
‘He who believes and is baptized will be saved.’ Mk. 16:16
Faith is a gift of God. Eph. 2:8
‘He who believes in Me will never die.’ Jn. 11:26
‘Lord, I do believe, help my unbelief.’” Mk. 9:23
We Celebrate Through Music
“Music For Easter Choir-Mandatum” By the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
1 Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
2 Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
3 But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
our salvation have procured. Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s King, Alleluia!
where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
4 Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
praise eternal as God’s love. Alleluia!
Praise our God, ye heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!
I Am The Bread of Life
We Celebrate Through Art–Cross Art
I wanted to paint a subtle crucifix for children, using bright colors!
“Making Eggs ” from Watercolor Painting Then Egg Cut-Outs
Easter doesn’t end on Easter Sunday. We celebrate the Easter season for 51 days (7 weeks and 2 days), starting on Easter Sunday and ending on Pentecost. Invite your children to create Easter cards for family and friends by recycling old paintings and drawings, cutting them into cross and egg shapes, and creating something entirely new. Crosses are the symbol of Christ and His Death and Resurrection. Eggs are a symbol of new life which we celebrate at Easter.
Easter Egg Watercolor Cut-Outs
Methods and Materials
Collect old paintings your children have made that can be recycled and reused for this collage project. If they don’t have an such art projects, paint a couple of new paintings in an abstract design with watercolors. Use any type of watercolor.
Your children can have fun making cards or Easter art throughout the beautiful Easter season. The art below was painted with liquid watercolors. Always use watercolor paper for best results. Paint. Let dry. Cut into egg or cross shapes. (I spied a small egg-shaped avocado on my table and traced around it for my template!) Glue onto another piece of watercolor paper or sturdy paper. Children can use any type of writing instrument to add names and a message, such as, “Christ is Risen”, “Happy Easter”, and “Alleluia, Alleluia!”. Experiment cutting out shapes and glueing them onto a painted background, too. Randomly cutting through something previously painted produces an interesting and lovely result. This is a fun project that can be done easily and joyfully!