Sunday, April 24, 2011

He's Alive~ Alleluia!

The Resurrection by Ron DiCianni

We have spent these last 40 days in the desert with Our Lord, shared an intimate last meal where He gave us the gifts of the priesthood and the sacrament of the Eucharist, we walked the road leading to Calvary and watched Him suffer and die for love of each of us, and today we arrive with joyful anticipation at the empty tomb. Yes, Our Lord is indeed risen and alive.
The Resurrection~ it is the pivotal event in the history of our faith. It is why Christ came. It reminds us of His promise that this is what awaits each of us at the end of time if we have lived according to His laws and teachings. There really are no words that do justice to the great feast of Easter. I will just leave it at Our Lord Jesus Christ came, lived, suffered, died and rose so that we might live forgiven now and in eternity with Him.
The painting above is a mural painted by artist Ron DiCianni. It is one of the most powerful paintings of the Resurrection I have ever seen. You can read more about the mural and the artist by clicking the link with his name above.
I will leave you with the song He's Alive performed by Dolly Parton. I have to admit I am not a huge fan of country music but Dolly does a great job with this one. The song is sung from the perspective of Peter. My only bone of contention with the song is the fact that it says Peter saw Him crucified and watched Him die~Scripture tells us only John was there from the band of Apostles, but who knows, perhaps Peter was cowering in the shadows~it wouldn't surprise me if he was. Other than that, the song is powerful and truly captures the spirit and meaning of Easter.
A Happy and Blessed Easter to all my readers and visitors.


therese rita said...

I was thinking last night at the Easter Vigil what a gift it is to be Catholic & for so many years, I took it for granted. What a wonderful Church & a wonderful feastday!

wheat4paradise said...

Jesus is risen, alleluia!

Happy Easter, Karinann. Many Eastertide blessings to you and yours.


Victor S E Moubarak said...

Wishing you the best at Easter.

God bless.

Mary333 said...

Yes, this is an awesome painting! Happy Easter, Karin!

Colleen said...

Happy Easter! Love your blog look!! Does that mean you are back with us????

Karinann said...

Thanks everyone for the Easter wishes. Hope you all had a great day.
Yes Colleen I am back :) Glad you like the new look.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.