Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Empty Tomb

Dum transisset Sabbatum, Maria Magdalena et Maria Jacobi et Salome emerunt aromata : ut venientes ungerent Jesum. Alleluia.

Et valde mane una sabbatorum veniunt ad monumentum : orto iam sole.

Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome: From the agony at the foot of the cross to being the first to see the risen Christ, because they went to the tomb for the ritual of anointing the dead, “Aromata, Aromata!”

The Vigil reading was from Mark: 16. It's John who writes that they thought He was the gardener. I love that. Women are so practical.

Happy Easter to those who partake. Everyone can enjoy the Tallis Scholars version of Taverner's Dum Transisset. While director Peter Phillips himself sees it all as the Christian fairy tale, he has dedicated his life to bringing the most sacred music of the most sacred texts to earthly perfection. God does work in mysterious ways.

"When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought aromatic spices so that they might go and anoint him. 16:2 And very early on the first day of the week, at sunrise, they went to the tomb. 16:3 They had been asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” 16:4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled back. 16:5 Then as they went into the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. 16:6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been raised! He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. 16:7 But go, tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 16:8 Then they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid."

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