Easter Sunday (C)

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///artwork – Passion of Christ

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ART IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION

Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning. Burnand, Eugène, 1850-1921

Disciples John and Peter on their way to the tomb on Easter morning

Burnand, Eugène, 1850-1921

 

He is Risen.

He is Risen

 

Mary at the Tomb. Wesley, Frank, 1923-2002

Mary at the Tomb

Wesley, Frank, 1923-2002

 

First Apostle to the Apostles. Miller, Mary Jane

First Apostle to the Apostles

Miller, Mary Jane

 

Mary Meets Jesus After the Resurrection. Koenig, Peter

Mary Meets Jesus After the Resurrection

Koenig, Peter

 

Christ and St. Mary Magdalene at the Tomb. Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669

Christ and St. Mary Magdalene at the Tomb

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669

 

Noli Me Tangere - 'Do not hold me.'. Angelico, fra, approximately 1400-1455

Noli Me Tangere – “Do not hold me.”

Angelico, fra, approximately 1400-1455

 

Resurrection of Christ. Castagno, Andrea del, 1423-1457

Resurrection of Christ

Castagno, Andrea del, 1423-1457

 

Woman, Why Weepest Thou?. Uhde, Fritz von, 1848-1911

Woman, Why Weepest Thou?

Uhde, Fritz von, 1848-1911

 

View over 50 items which reference John 20:1-8 

The Empty Tomb

Eugène Burnand - 1898
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Eugène Burnand – 1898

The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection

CATHOLIC CHURCH ENGLAND AND WALES (8:56) – Two excellent contributors joining London-based gallery guide Lynne Hanley for a critical assessment of Bernand’s piece. Lynne takes groups around the National Gallery for intimate and lively ‘Beyond the Palette’ art tours. More about Lynne here: http://www.arttoursbeyondthepalette.co.uk Then, as before, we get the “Priest’s Perspective” from the knowledgeable and engaging Fr Christopher Whitehead – priest of St John the Evangelist Church in Bath.

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REMBRANDT - 17th Century
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 Rembrandt – 17th Century

Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene

Marda Loop Church (3:14) – Today, Pastor John Van Sloten of Marda Loop Church concludes his Lenten/Easter Art Series with Rembrandt’s painting “Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene”. Pastor John asks us to remember and re–enter the event that changed the course of history and has the power to transform our lives. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our Christian faith. Just as Jesus met Mary and called her by name, he is standing in front of us, today, calling. He knows our name. He knows everything about us and still loves us. This is the miracle of Easter! The power of the resurrection is found in the voice that whispers to our hearts, reaching out and into us – calling us to him.


An Illustrated Sermon for Easter
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Rev. Steve Marshall (Methodist Pastor)

“The Empty Tomb” – an illustrated sermon for Easter

ART EVANGELISM– The message of Jesus’ resurrection and the miracle of the empty tomb is that Jesus still moves stones in our lives. This illustrated Easter message by Rev. Steve Marshall depicts the empty tomb on Easter morning.

Songs & Lyrics

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Don Francisco – 1975

He’s Alive

BACKSTORY SONGS– The song was released on Don’s 1977 recording called Forgiven. In 1980, he was named Songwriter of the Year along with “He’s Alive” as Song of the Year at the Dove Awards. In addition to Dolly’s rendition, the song has been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Walt Mills, The Gaither Vocal Band, Ray Boltz, and countless others.

Poetry & Prose

Different News Feed

by Scott L. Barton

Just women were the first evangelists
For what had happened on that day;
After their fear, they ran to tell the news,
And weren’t believed; So now we say,
“Well, color me surprised! What’s new? Like, duh!”

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The Promise of the Empty Tomb

by Chloe Axford
by Pastor Scott L. Barton, 2013

The promise of the empty tomb
Rips the rug from under your feet,
And says hold on tight
We’re going for a ride
Into the deep unknown

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DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. Since art/film may trigger personal experiences,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings. 

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FEATURED FILMS

1950’s

The Robe (1953)
(Henry Koster)
The Ten Command-
ments
(1956)
(Cecil B. DeMille)

 

1960’s

King of Kings (1961)
(Nicholas Ray)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
(George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco)

 

1970’s

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
(Norman Jewison)
Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew (1973)
(David Greene)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
(Franco Zeffirelli)

 

1980’s

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
(Martin Scorsese)

 

1990’s

The Visual Bible: Matthew (1993)
(Regardt van den Bergh)
 Jesus (1999)
(Roger Young)

 

2000’s

The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003)
(Philip Saville)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
(Mel Gibson)
The Nativity Story (2006)
(Catherine Hardwicke)
The Messiah (2007)
(Nader Talebzadeh)
The Passion (2008)

 

2010’s

The Bible (2013)
Risen (2016)
(Kevin Reynolds)
Ben Hur (2016)
Mary Magdalene (2018)
(Garth Davis)
Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)
(Andrew Hyatt)

 

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The Robe (1953)

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Calm and relaxing scene from a 1953 historical epic film ”The Robe”, in which a paralytic woman Miriam (played by Betta St. John) sings a song about the resurrection of Jesus. The title of the song is ”The Resurrection” and it is originally sung by Carole Richards.

The Robe Drama | December 4, 1953 (France) Summary: In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)

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The Greatest Story Ever Told – Jesus Is Resurrected: When Jesus (Max von Sydow) is resurrected from his tomb, he reminds his people that he is always with them and to love one another.

The Greatest Story Ever Told Biography, Drama, History | April 9, 1965 (United Kingdom) Summary: An all-star, large scale epic movie that chronicles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

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Jesus of Nazareth Biography, Drama, History | April 3, 1977 (United States) Summary: Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.
Countries: Italy, United KingdomLanguages: English, Syriac

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

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The Passion of the Christ Drama | February 25, 2004 (United States) Summary: Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: Aramaic, Latin, Hebrew

A.D. – The Bible Continues (2015)

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A.D. The Bible Continues Drama | April 5, 2015 (United States) Summary: Follows the book of ACTS. Shows the complete message of Christ and the transformation of Saul to Paul and how the high priest of Judea does not believe in what has taken place after the Cruc... Read all
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

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Featured Animation

Superbook

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Contemporary Adaptations

Godspell (1973)

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Godspell Comedy, Drama, Musical | May 31, 1973 (United Kingdom) Summary: An adaption of the musical, in a modern-day song-and-dance recreation of the Gospel of St. Matthew.
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English, Hebrew, Spanish

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

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Jesus Christ Superstar Drama, History, Musical | August 15, 1973 (United States) Summary:
Countries: United StatesLanguages: English

Bible Themes in Movies

Silence (2016)

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MOVIECLIPS (2016) – Crucifixion by the Sea scene; Catholics in Japan are martyred for their faith.
Silence Drama, History | January 13, 2017 (United States) Summary: In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.
Countries: United States, United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, ItalyLanguages: English, Japanese, Latin
DISCLAIMER: Although great lengths are made to NOT present artwork and films in poor taste, there is considerable variance on what may be deemed appropriate. Some prefer literal interpretations of bible scenes, others more abstract. While viewing the selections in this section, you may resonate more with some than others. Use your own judgement in showing/discussing content with others. A depiction of a bible event or scene might be liked by one participant, but disliked by another. In both cases, the art/film is likely to trigger personal experiences. Therefore,  it may be helpful to also be familiar with the variety of discussion questions related to each week’s readings.