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THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
& bap of rejoicing anb triumpfj for tfje Cfjrisfttau pelieber.
You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified: he is risen,
he is not here; behold the place where they laid Him.
St. Mark, xvi, 6.
WHAT a thrill of joy must have run through the souls of
the Apostles and other disciples of Christ, when, on Easter
morning, the pious women who had been on a visit to the
tomb of the Crucified Savior, in the intention of embalming
his precious remains, brought them the happy news received
from the Angel: "Christ is risen, He will proceed you into
Galilee." Still greater was their happiness, as it occurred
after days of dreadful trials. They had seen their divine Mas
ter delivered into the hands of a raging mob, nailed to an ig
nominious cross; and even in his death, pursued by the hatred
of his enemies who had come to disturb the rest of the tomb.
Wavering in their faith, looking with anxiety into the future,
they had shut themselves in the house of Joseph of Arimathea,
away from the crowds, as they were afraid of the persecutions
of the Jews.
And now the tidings were brought to them that Christ had
resuscitated, that He was again living; again they were to see
their Divine Master to whom they had linked their destiny,
Jesus, their good Lord, who was the soul of their life, their
only Comforter upon earth; and they were to see Him, no
longer weak and staggering under human infirmities, but with
the full radiance of his Divinity, triumphing over death and
his enemies. What must have been the joy of these devoted
followers of Christ in that moment, human language is unable
to express; it is left to the mind to imagine it.
And these same feelings of joy pervade the Church of Christ
even to this day, after the lapse of more than nineteen hun
dred years. She has thrown aside the morning and gloom of
the proceeding days; she gives to-day to her ceremonies all
the solemnity and magnificence that she can display; her al
tars are loaded with flowers, her ministers are arrayed in their