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In Praise of Jesus’ Resurrection

A Scriptural Litany

By: Angela Burrin

In Praise of Jesus’ Resurrection: <em>A Scriptural Litany</em> by Angela Burrin

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. (John 20:1)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

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.” (John 20:2)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. . . . 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. (John 20:3, 6-8)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

But Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels. . . . They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” (John 20:11-13)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there. . . . Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni.” (John 20:14, 16)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” Mary of Magdala went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” (John 20:17-18)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

“You will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. (Acts 1:9)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

When the time of Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind. . . . They were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. (Acts 2:1-2, 4)

Alleluia! With a joyful heart, I recall your wondrous power, O Lord!

Angela Burrin is Director of Ministry to Prisoners and of Women’s Pregnancy Hope Ministry at The Word Among Us Partners.

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