meet us as you met Mary

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Jacob Cornelisz. van Oostsanen (circa 1472/1477-1533), via Wikimedia Commons

Lord Jesus Christ, we greet you.
The cross has not defeated you,
the grave has not kept you silent.
At the first dew of the morning,
you met our sister Mary,
and called her by name.

We are your family and friends,
and though numbed by your death
and aware of our complicity in it,
we come hesitantly but gladly,
to confirm the rumor
that you are alive.

Meet us as you met Mary,
with gentleness and resolution.
Speak our names quietly
in our hearts,
that we may proclaim your name boldly
on our lips. Amen.

Church of Scotland

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Having said this, she (Mary) turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

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