A blessed and happy Easter Sunday to all Hot Air readers!

posted at 12:01 am on April 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

“Sunday Reflection” is a regular feature, looking at the specific readings used in today’s Mass in Catholic parishes around the world. The reflection represents only my own point of view, intended to help prepare myself for the Lord’s day and perhaps spark a meaningful discussionPrevious Sunday Reflections from the main page can be found here For previous Green Room entries, click here.

This morning’s Gospel reading is John 20:1–9:

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. 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.” So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. When Simon Peter arrived after him, 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. For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead.

This afternoon’s Gospel reading is Luke 24:13-35:

That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus’ disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in these days?” And he replied to them, “What sort of things?” They said to him, “The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over to a sentence of death and crucified him. But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel; and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place. Some women from our group, however, have astounded us: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find his body; they came back and reported that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who announced that he was alive. Then some of those with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women had described, but him they did not see.”

And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them what referred to him in all the Scriptures. As they approached the village to which they were going, he gave the impression that he was going on farther. But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.

Then they said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?” So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of bread.

The staff at Hot Air wishes a blessed and happy Easter and Passover to all of our readers!

With each year, I look forward to the Easter Triduum with more and more enthusiasm. This year, it hits home just a little more, after our pilgrimage to the Holy Land and our visits to the historical sites of the Passion and Resurrection. We walked along the Via Dolorosa, celebrated Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre built above Golgotha and the tomb, visited Emmaus, Bethany, and the site of the upper room where the Last Supper took place. All during this pilgrimage, we had a very real sense of walking with the Lord.

Of course, we didn’t get the same sense of it that the two disciples had on the road to Emmaus in today’s afternoon Gospel. In the morning Gospel, Mary Magdalene finds the tomb empty and runs to get the soon-to-be Apostles. Peter and John run back to the tomb and confirm that Jesus’ body is gone, but they still did not understand what that meant — although they took hope in it, and believed.

The two disciples in Luke’s narrative still haven’t quite reached that state yet. They appear “downcast” and defeated, mourning over the loss of their teacher and friend, when they meet the stranger on the road to Emmaus. They do not recognize the risen Jesus, which can be puzzling to the rest of us. After all, they had walked with Jesus on many a road before then, and had last seen Him just a few days earlier. Why did it take them so long to realize He was among them?

One hint might come in the Gospel reading from the Easter Vigil, Matthew 28:1-10. Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” approach the tomb the first time to complete the burial preparations, and are stopped by an angel. As so often happens in angelic appearances, the two Marys are comforted with this exhortation — “Do not be afraid.” The manifestation of angels are not the cute Cupids of popular imagination, but strike awe and fear into human hearts, which almost always requires the beginning of the encounter to be comforting. This happened to Mary at the Annunciation, and to the shepherds in the field at Jesus’ birth, and even with Peter, James and John at the Transfiguration, among other such instances.

Curiously, it happens here again as well. Jesus appears to the two women after the angel’s announcement and also starts by comforting them, “Do not be afraid.” Part of that could be that the very act of resurrection could have stricken them with fear (and understandably so), but they were present for Lazarus’ resurrection less than two weeks before this takes place, and John records no such reaction of fear. The need for Jesus to comfort the women indicates that his resurrected and perfected state renders him much differently to human eyes, and that his power as the Son of God has been made manifest in his presence.

Yet “that very day,” Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus and the two disciples not only don’t see that power made manifest, but don’t even recognize Jesus at all. They had given up hope, even if they still loved their teacher and master and mourned his passing. Jesus keeps his two friends engaged without revealing His identity, drawing out their mourning and reinvigorating them with His teaching nonetheless. They become so excited by His interpretations that they invite Him to stay with them for dinner — and finally recognize His power and His identity in the breaking of the bread. Hope restored, Jesus then leaves them to continue His journey.

We all walk the road to Emmaus, especially at this time of year, mourning the loss of our Lord and yet burning in our hearts for His presence. We come together to break the bread and commune with Jesus. The Resurrection is the focus of Easter, but it’s the road to Emmaus that models our lives as Christians in the post-Resurrection world.

And for me, personally, I feel as though Emmaus models my entire faith journey in life. I have walked along the road of doubt and discouragement, shrugging my shoulders at hope as I rely only on limited understanding of the Word. As I have progressed, I have found my heart burning for more, and feeling His presence growing as I walk. That isn’t a stumble-free journey, of course. There are times when I have wandered off the path a bit, and there are times when I have felt myself approaching the journey as a tourist or as a study project rather than a pilgrimage. (Heck, even on my actual pilgrimage, I had to fight those impulses. You don’t want to know how many pictures I took.)

When I feel as though I have lost the path, or have lost my spiritual connection to it, two things sustain me and return me to the pilgrimage: the Word of God and the Eucharist. Sometimes, it’s difficult to recognize the presence of Christ along the way, but when that happens, I know where to find that burning desire in my heart. And thankfully, I have been blessed with wonderful traveling companions along the way that have helped to remind me to seek Him out, even when the path is rocky — no one more than my wife.

He is risen! I wish all of you a blessed journey along the road to Emmaus.


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He is risen!

bravecowboy on April 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM

The tomb is empty! Hallelujah! He is risen!

conservative pilgrim on April 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM

A happy and blessed Easter to you, Ed, and to all who visit these pages.

unclesmrgol on April 20, 2014 at 12:20 AM

It’s 12:22 AM and the Russian Orthodox church next to my back yard has been ringing their bells for 22 minutes now.

I hope the neighbors share their joy. Heh.

He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
rising early in the morning,
will be counted as cursing.

Proverbs 27:14

Cleombrotus on April 20, 2014 at 12:22 AM

He is risen. Come out and play trolls. :)

nobar on April 20, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Happy Easter all you “domestic terrorists” patriots.

Felicem Pascham, Ed and family.

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2014 at 12:40 AM

Surrexit Dominus vere, Alleluja

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Happy Easter everyone.

V7_Sport on April 20, 2014 at 12:47 AM

Kristos Anesti!!!! to all those at Hot Air!!!
May your Easter be blessed and joyous!!!

Bubba Redneck on April 20, 2014 at 12:47 AM

A very happy and blessed Easter Day and season to you, Ed, and to the entire HotAir staff!

Sir Rants-A-Lot on April 20, 2014 at 12:48 AM

It’s 12:22 AM and the Russian Orthodox church next to my back yard has been ringing their bells for 22 minutes now.
Cleombrotus on April 20, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Could be a roosky signal… you may wake up in the morning to find out Putin has annexed your back yard.

Here, Easter Yeggs.

V7_Sport on April 20, 2014 at 12:53 AM

[Hebrews 1:8-9]

8 …..unto the Son He (the Heavenly Father) says, “Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Your God, hath anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows.”

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It is my belief that these words were spoken to Jesus by the Heavenly Father as part of a ceremony, that occurred between the time Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene [John 20:11-18], and the time He reappeared to the Disciples [John 20:19-29]

listens2glenn on April 20, 2014 at 12:54 AM

It’s 12:22 AM and the Russian Orthodox church next to my back yard has been ringing their bells for 22 minutes now.

I hope the neighbors share their joy. Heh.

He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
rising early in the morning,
will be counted as cursing.

Proverbs 27:14

Cleombrotus on April 20, 2014 at 12:22 AM

It is Easter!
I thought Greek Orthodox services are long, the Russians ones are really long.
Mark is read at the candlelight service.
Then a full liturgy with John 1 read.

Hey, you are up after all! :)

Bubba Redneck on April 20, 2014 at 12:55 AM

He’s … A L I V E, … He’s the Champion of our Salvation, … and He’s LORD of ALL.

listens2glenn on April 20, 2014 at 12:58 AM

He is risen!

bravecowboy on April 20, 2014 at 12:09 AM

Yes, indeed!

libfreesMom on April 20, 2014 at 12:59 AM

He is Risen indeed!!

kcewa on April 20, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Hey … S A T A N ! . . . . .

. . . . . HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA . . . . . . (repeat until the end of time) . . . . . wait a minute . . . . . time is never going to end, for that outlaw, defiant spirit ! … He’s permanently stuck in the dimension of ‘linear time’, for all eternity ! . . . . . HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA . . . . .

listens2glenn on April 20, 2014 at 1:06 AM

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Grant it Jesus, if You please…

kcewa on April 20, 2014 at 1:08 AM

From tonight’s Gospel at the Great Vigil of Easter – Matthew 28:1-10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning,
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.
And behold, there was a great earthquake;
for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
His appearance was like lightning
and his clothing was white as snow.
The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.
Then the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you….
Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”

Magnificently AWESOME!

dpduq on April 20, 2014 at 1:13 AM

The Lord’s Prayer

Schadenfreude on April 20, 2014 at 1:14 AM

A blessed and happy Easter Sunday to all Hot Air readers! . . . on April 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

And,
to you,
and yours
Capt’n Ed!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on April 20, 2014 at 1:16 AM

Truth.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 20, 2014 at 1:16 AM

…Happy Easter brothers and sisters!
.
.
…Thank You Lord!

KOOLAID2 on April 20, 2014 at 1:17 AM

It’s 12:22 AM and the Russian Orthodox church next to my back yard has been ringing their bells for 22 minutes now.

I hope the neighbors share their joy. Heh.

“He who blesses his neighbor with a loud voice,
rising early in the morning,
will be counted as cursing.”

Proverbs 27:14

Cleombrotus on April 20, 2014 at 12:22 AM

Here (in Davao City, Philippines), several mosques broadcast a loud call to prayer every morning.
Between 4 & 5am.
Every day of every year.

itsnotaboutme on April 20, 2014 at 1:23 AM

King’s College Choir – Jesus Christ is risen today

kcewa on April 20, 2014 at 1:23 AM

Vigil ended with that hymn.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 20, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Phil Keaggy instrumental; Paid In Full

listens2glenn on April 20, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Truth.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 20, 2014 at 1:16 AM

.
Absolutely excellent ! . . . : )

listens2glenn on April 20, 2014 at 1:30 AM

Vigil ended with that hymn.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 20, 2014 at 1:28 AM

Happy Easter!

kcewa on April 20, 2014 at 1:32 AM

I gotta go beddy byes (my Honey says we’re going to 6:00 AM “sunrise service”)
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We’ll continue this tomorrow . . . . . . . . .

listens2glenn on April 20, 2014 at 1:37 AM

Have a blessed Easter, everyone! <3

Cheshire_Kat on April 20, 2014 at 1:50 AM

Aye, a blessed Easter to all. He is RISEN indeed! I LOVE this holiday. More so than Christmas because everything points to this day.

Othniel on April 20, 2014 at 2:06 AM

Nice to find an article such as this here. Blessed Easter to you and your family Ed, and all who read your article.

marlin77 on April 20, 2014 at 2:07 AM

Happy Easter Ed and family and all of the Hotair staff!

I really enjoy your Sunday Reflections.

Resurrection Painting

http://downloads.cbn.com/cbnplayer/cbnPlayer.swf?s=/vod/MW131v2_WS

or this one: http://www.cbn.com/tv/1549446100001

bluefox on April 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

H/T C4P This is a very large painting with audio by the painter.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

bluefox on April 20, 2014 at 2:16 AM

He Is Risen Indeed

Happy Easter to all of the HotAirians – staff/commenters/readers!

22044 on April 20, 2014 at 3:14 AM

Death now has no sting.

celtic warrior on April 20, 2014 at 3:25 AM

…and now a word from our president on this Easter Sunday.

31giddyup on April 20, 2014 at 4:07 AM

He is risen indeed!

Up from the grave He arose!
With a mighty triumph o’er His foes!
He arose the Victor o’er the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose!
He arose!
Allelujah, Christ arose!

Grace_is_sufficient on April 20, 2014 at 4:56 AM

The grave could not hold Him. Death could not defeat Him. He is risen!

Blessings to each of you on this Resurrection Sunday.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

Big Haired Girl on April 20, 2014 at 5:40 AM

Christos Anesti! Christ is risen! Blessings on this, our most holy day.

KKinFLA on April 20, 2014 at 6:04 AM

He is risen! Sunrise service. Happy Easter!

CommieJuice on April 20, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Christ the Lord is risen today!
Thanks, Ed, and Happy Easter to all!

Cottonpony on April 20, 2014 at 6:57 AM

MesseeaH q’alm; Hachkum q’alm!

He is risen; truly He is risen!

Happy Easter HA readers!

ImmigrantsWife on April 20, 2014 at 7:23 AM

listens2glenn on April 20, 2014 at 1:06 AM

“The Passion of the Christ” is hard to watch, but the two most enjoyable scenes are, of course the Resurrection, and the other one, when Christ says the last words – Satan screams “Nooooooooooo!” and goes shooting back to Hell.

I know that my Redeemer liveth.

Wethal on April 20, 2014 at 7:44 AM

1931…

State of Connecticut

BY HIS EXCELLENCY
WILBUR L. CROSS
GOVERNOR

A Proclamation

THE past year has witnessed many trials and tribulations among our people. Actual want and suffering have been abroad in our country. May it please God, the Author of all Good, that the day is near when “sorrow and sighing shall flee away” and “the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose.” Easter approaches with its lesson that matter, mute and inanimate, has a constant rebirth; that resurrection follows death.

The spiritual transcends the material. That there may be a quickening realization in the chastened consciences of mankind that the beginning and the end of wisdom is to deal justly with our fellows and walk humbly with our God, I designate Friday, the third day of April next, as a day of Fasting and Prayer and I call upon the people of this State to fittingly observe the solemn significance of the day and learn anew the lesson that in sacrifice and suffering and struggle is the glorious hope of a Better Day.

Given under my hand and seal of the State at the Capitol, in Hartford, this nineteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirty-one and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and fifty-fifth.

ITguy on April 20, 2014 at 7:50 AM

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

I Corinthians 15:55 [NIV]

PerceptorII on April 20, 2014 at 7:53 AM

Oorior ex cineribus. Sarcalogos (Jesus) est orior oriri ortus!

HonestLib on April 20, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

A Blessed Easter, HotAir.

Jayrae on April 20, 2014 at 7:55 AM

I know that my Redeemer liveth.

Wethal on April 20, 2014 at 7:44 AM

My Redeemer Lives

ITguy on April 20, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Happy Easter to all!

State of Connecticut

BY HIS EXCELLENCY
WILBUR L. CROSS
GOVERNOR…

ITguy on April 20, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Heh. That’s wouldn’t fly in Connecticut today. Although if Gov. Cross were an African-American Democrat, he could probably get away with it without too much blowback.

Now, time for the obligatory Easter Sunday show discussion panel, on which two secular Jews, an atheist, and an apostate lesbian nun who is an “ordained priestess” by a breakaway group of similar nuns discuss how the Catholic Church can remain relevant and modernize itself to a progressive 21st century worldview.

JimLennon on April 20, 2014 at 7:59 AM

A very Blessed Resurrection Sunday to you all!

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood–to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished

–Romans 3:25

My take: “He is Risen!”

kingsjester on April 20, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Happy Easter, heard the Bells last night when outside, it was quite beautiful.

rob verdi on April 20, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Happy Easter, Hot Air family!

He is risen!

Weight of Glory on April 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

My wife and I attended the Easter Vigil last night (we’re both in the choir) and I was amazed at the number of RCIA candidates. For those of you who are not Catholic, the Easter Vigil breaks out all of the best of the Catholic Ritual and is also the first mass that RCIA Candidates can participate in communion.

Here were 10 people who chose to be Catholics, from either no faith or other faiths, on their own free will, and they looked really proud and content doing it. We’re a relatively small parish but growing. It’s difficult to comprehend a church growing and then watching the news that seldom says anything good about the Catholic Church and portrays it as dying. What I see gives me hope for the future.

Thanks Ed, for these postings. Mass in 2 hours then dinner with the family. He is Risen and we celebrate our redemption today. The hard part is showing we appreciate that, for the next year.

bflat879 on April 20, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Heh. That’s wouldn’t fly in Connecticut today.

JimLennon on April 20, 2014 at 7:59 AM

One can’t fully appreciate this:

In Congress, July 4, 1776

… without understanding and appreciating this:

In CONGRESS,
SATURDAY, March 16, 1776.

IN times of impending calamity and distress; when the Liberties of America are imminently endangered by the secret machinations and open assaults of an insidious and vindictive Administration, it becomes the indispensible duty of these hitherto free and happy Colonies, with true penitence of heart, and the most reverent devotion, publickly to acknowledge the over ruling providence of God; to confess and deplore our offences against him; and to supplicate his interposition for averting the threatened danger, and prospering our strenuous efforts in the cause of Freedom, Virtue and Posterity.

The Congress therefore, considering the warlike preparations of the British Ministry to subvert our invaluable rights and privileges, and to reduce us by fire and sword, by the savages of the wilderness and our own domestics, to the most abject and ignominious bondage: Desirous, at the same time, to have people of all ranks and degrees, duly impressed with a solemn sense of God’s superintending providence, and of their duty devoutly to rely in all their lawful enterprizes of his aid and direction–do earnestly recommend, that FRIDAY, the seventeenth day of May next, be observed by the said Colonies as a day of HUMILIATION, FASTING, and PRAYER; that we may with united hearts confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere, repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness; humbly imploring his assistance to frustrate the cruel purposes of our unnatural enemies; and by inclining their hearts to justice and benevolence, prevent the further effusion of kindred blood. But if continuing deaf to the voice of reason and humanity, and inflexibly bent on desolation and war, they constrain us to repel their hostile invasions by open resistance, that it may please the Lord of Hosts, the God of Armies, to animate our Officers and Soldiers with invincible fortitude to guard and protect them in the day of battle, and to crown the Continental arms by sea and land with victory and success: Earnestly beseeching him to bless our civil Rulers and the Representatives of the People in their several Assemblies and Conventions; to preserve and strengthen their Union, to inspire them with an ardent disinterested love of their Country; to give wisdom and stability to their Councils; and direct them to the most efficacious measures for establishing the Rights of America on the most honorable and permanent basis–that he would be graciously pleased to bless all his People in these Colonies with Health and Plenty, and grant that a spirit of incorruptible Patriotism and of pure undefiled Religion may universally prevail; and this Continent be speedily restored to the blessings of Peace and Liberty, and enabled to transmit them inviolate to the latest Posterity. And it is recommended to Christians of all denominations to assemble for Public Worship, and abstain from servile Labour on the said Day.

By Order of Congress,
JOHN HANCOCK, President

Attest………..CHARLES THOMPSON, Secretary.

Colony of the
Massachusetts-Bay.

In COUNCIL, April 3, 1776.

READ and accepted, and Ordered, That a suitable Number be printed, in order that each of the religious Assemblies, in this Colony, may be furnished with a Copy of the same.

Sent down for Concurrence………..PEREZ MORTON, Dep. Sec’ry.

In the House of REPRESENTATIVES, April 4, 1776.

Read and concurr’d………..SAMUEL FREEMAN, Speaker, pro Tem.

Consented to,

JAMES OTIS,
BENJAMIN GREENLEAF,
CALEB CUSHING,
JOHN WINTHROP,
JOHN WHETCOMB,
ELDAD TAYLOR,
MICHAEL FARLEY,
JOSEPH PALMER,
SAMUEL HOLTEN,
MOSES GILL,
JOSEPH GERRISH,
BENJAMIN LINCOLN,
CHARLES CHAUNCY,
JOHN TAYLOR,
BENJAMIN WHITE.

GOD SAVE THE PEOPLE.

Library of Congress Document Image.

Note how it ends with “GOD SAVE THE PEOPLE.”
Not “God save the King.”

Our Founders did not believe in “the divine right of Kings”.
Our Founders believed in the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.

Our nation’s Founders obeyed the Biblical advice found in Second Chronicles:

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

Less than two months before they signed the Declaration of Independence, they unified on May 17, 1776 and observed

a day of HUMILIATION, FASTING, and PRAYER; that we may with united hearts confess and bewail our manifold sins and transgressions, and by a sincere, repentance and amendment of life, appease his righteous displeasure and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and forgiveness; humbly imploring his assistance to frustrate the cruel purposes of our unnatural enemies; and by inclining their hearts to justice and benevolence, prevent the further effusion of kindred blood. But if continuing deaf to the voice of reason and humanity, and inflexibly bent on desolation and war, they constrain us to repel their hostile invasions by open resistance, that it may please the Lord of Hosts, the God of Armies, to animate our Officers and Soldiers with invincible fortitude to guard and protect them in the day of battle, and to crown the Continental arms by sea and land with victory and success: Earnestly beseeching him to bless our civil Rulers and the Representatives of the People in their several Assemblies and Conventions; to preserve and strengthen their Union, to inspire them with an ardent disinterested love of their Country; to give wisdom and stability to their Councils; and direct them to the most efficacious measures for establishing the Rights of America on the most honorable and permanent basis…

Their prayers were answered.

ITguy on April 20, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Christ is Risen!
My heart feels such joy to say those words….so I’ll do it again.
Christ is Risen! Alleluia!

msactionjackson on April 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

He is risen.

Happy Easter, HA readers.

Philly on April 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice!

Haec dies quam fecit Dominus; Gaudeamus igitur!

thebrokenrattle on April 20, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Matthew 28:1-6
King James Version (KJV)

28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

dddave on April 20, 2014 at 8:13 AM

He is risen indeed!

Steve Eggleston on April 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

He is RISEN indeed, Alleluia!

OmahaConservative on April 20, 2014 at 8:21 AM

He is risen indeed, but his church is under siege, both from within and without. We would be wise to take the Founders advice for the sake of the continuing of our nation.

Ricard on April 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

He is risen….Alleluia!

God Bless You and Yours this Joyous Day.

workingclass artist on April 20, 2014 at 8:25 AM

A Blessed Easter to all!

Man of Sorrows (Hymnal version, with lyrics)

lineholder on April 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Man of Sorrows (Hillsong version, acoustic)

lineholder on April 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Happy Easter to all!

battalion on April 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Agnostic here.

Is it safe? Is it safe? Is it safe. Now where did I leave my dental tools.

Bishop on April 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back,
The Cross before me, the world behind me, no turning back

Christ Is Enough For Me

lineholder on April 20, 2014 at 9:03 AM

The day that separates Christianity from all other religions…HE HAS RISEN!

hillsoftx on April 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary;
When troubles come and my heart burdened be;
Then, I am still and wait here in the silence,
Until you come and sit awhile with me.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

There is no life – no life without its hunger;
Each restless heart beats so imperfectly;
But when you come and I am filled with wonder,
Sometimes, I think I glimpse eternity.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains;
You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas;
I am strong, when I am on your shoulders;
You raise me up: To more than I can be.

You raise me up: To more than I can be.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfwlj0gba_k

He is risen, and that very fact coupled with His promise of my salvation through his passion at Calvary says it all for me. Jesus most assuredly ‘raises me up’…and I love Him…Happy Easter to all my friends here at HotAir…

bimmcorp on April 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Have a blessed Easter.Went to see Heaven Is Real yesterday.Mind blowing.

docflash on April 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM

He is risen. Come out and play trolls. :)

nobar on April 20, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Happy Cosmic Tinkerbell Day!

Vampires, Lesprechauns and Chupacabra!

Zombie Jesus!

****

Happy now?

thejackal on April 20, 2014 at 9:12 AM

And to you and your family, Ed.

rbj on April 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM

He is risen, indeed!

Kissmygrits on April 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM

I have walked along the road of doubt and discouragement, shrugging my shoulders at hope as I rely only on limited understanding of the Word. As I have progressed, I have found my heart burning for more, and feeling His presence growing as I walk. That isn’t a stumble-free journey, of course. There are times when I have wandered off the path a bit…

And…

When I feel as though I have lost the path, or have lost my spiritual connection to it, two things sustain me and return me to the pilgrimage: the Word of God and the Eucharist. Sometimes, it’s difficult to recognize the presence of Christ along the way, but when that happens, I know where to find that burning desire in my heart.

Well said, Ed. I’ve certainly wandered off that path many times myself. But when I seek that path out again, it’s always still there…never fenced off, or closed.

A happy and blessed Easter to all!

JetBoy on April 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Yesterday I finished “Ben-Hur a tale of the Christ” by coincidence the story ended this week in history. What a great Easter tale.

CW20 on April 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Happy Easter HA crowd!

CW on April 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

CW20 on April 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

CW on April 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Eerie.

Oh and I loved Ben-Hur. I got to watch a little of the Ten Commandments last night as well.

CW on April 20, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Blessings to all on this glorious day. Happy Easter!

4Grace on April 20, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Happy Easter, Ed, and to all HotAir readers.

Howard Portnoy on April 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

He is risen indeed!

and besides all this, it is now the third day since this took place.

Should be “since these things took place.”

“…all this… these things” (Greek tautois & tauta) being plural, it summarizes everything they have related, beginning with Jesus being arrested.

If some wiseguy wants to ruin dinner by asking how Jesus was three days in the tomb if He was buried Friday and rose Sunday, tell him the disciples on the Emmaus road said these things began Maundy Thursday with the arrest, and it’s the third day since these things happened.

So let’s say that His arrest was 6:00PM Thursday, then to 6:00 Friday is day one, 6:00 Saturday is day two, then Sunday morning is the third day. In Matthew 26 He said, in the garden, “The hour has come,” denoting the start of His passion: His time in the belly of the beast.

So if you’re unfortunate enough to have Good Lt at dinner, this is what you tell him.

Akzed on April 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Happy Resurrection Day, all !!

Here’s an encouraging article for those of us who fight the good fight .. really, it is. :-)

:-)

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/04/jesus_with_a_whip.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook

LOVE THIS !!!
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/b7/85/5c/b7855c54f61eaaeb6cc3b8d4f7a5da4b.jpg

pambi on April 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Happy Easter to you & all your Family, Ed.

Fynxbell on April 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Χριστός Ανέστη !! Christ is Risen!!
Happy Easter to all at HA.

bazil9 on April 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

He is Risen!

Praise be to God!

Happy Ester to Ed and all who work here and comment and read here.

God bless you all and your families.

Elisa on April 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Blessed Easter, Hotair!

Jaibones on April 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

My prayer for those who enter HotAir …

Ephesians 1 ….

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

pambi on April 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

“But the angel said, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He has risen, as He said.’” Matthew 28:6-7a

He is Risen, Indeed!!

HornHiAceDeuce on April 20, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Easter Song

Hear the bells ringing they’re singing

kcewa on April 20, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Happy Easter to all!

ncinca on April 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Ed….Last night I was baptized in the Catholic Church, had confirmation and took my first Eucharist, at age 60! It was a year of RCIA classes and readings. It seemed like a long journey; but then again, looking back on it, a short one.
Today I start the longer journey as I attend mass in two hours with my risen friend.
I wish and pray that all who come here and write here have a wonderful Easter.
Thanks Ed for your weekly insights.
Yours in Christ,
Michael.

Michael Harlin on April 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

questionmark on April 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

He is Risen.

Blessed Easter to all.

hawkdriver on April 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Thanks Ed and blessings to you and family; He is risen!

AltTuning on April 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM

He is alive…..

crosshugger on April 20, 2014 at 10:18 AM

The cross is foolishness to those that are perishing………

crosshugger on April 20, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I remember how, upon first being saved, I was amazed at the fact that I shall no longer have to worry about death. That that problem was now reconciled by the death and resurrection of Jesus.

We believers, having believed for a long time now, sometimes forget what it’s like being subject to the lifelong bondage to the fear of death and the subconscious effects it has on a person’s life and actions, being no longer under its affects.

Jesus, by His resurrection, has freed us from that. For that I shall always be grateful and obedient.

Cleombrotus on April 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

He is Risen!

TDP56 on April 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Agnostic here.

Is it safe? Is it safe? Is it safe. Now where did I leave my dental tools.

Bishop on April 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

In your case Agnostic means an honest fellow, with a wicked sense of humour, and a kind spirit. Can’t fool an old goat like me.

HonestLib on April 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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