Surrexit Christus Alleluia!

Most glorious Lord of Lyfe! that, on this day,
Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin;
And, having harrowd hell, didst bring away
Captivity thence captive, us to win:
This joyous day, deare Lord, with joy begin;
And grant that we, for whom thou diddest dye,
Being with Thy deare blood clene washt from sin,
May live for ever in felicity!

Edmund Spencer 1552-1599

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And the were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?”. And looking up they saw that the stone was rolled back – it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe; and they were amazed. and he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. he has risen, he is not here; see the place where they laid him.

Mark XVI 1-6

St Bartholomew, Kirkwhelpington, April 2021