This week we are sharing reflections from east London Christians on the first joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the Resurrection of the Lord

Click here for an introduction to the People's Rosary Project, and links to earlier meditations.

The Resurrection

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’

Matthew 28.1-7

I take comfort in the fact that the risen Christ still bears his wounds
Sister Josephine Canny OA

Sister Josephine reflects on the physicality of the resurrection - as the risen Lord shares our life, and continues to bear the wounds of his Passion.

How many times during the past year have we looked for Christ... yet here we have an invitation to see
Rámond Mitchell, St George-in-the-East

As Rámond explains, praying this mystery during the pandemic opens us to God's invitation to faith and hope.

On this radiant night, let us invoke the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who treasured all these events in her heart and ask the Lord to give us a share in his Resurrection.

May he open us to the newness that transforms, to the beautiful surprises of God. May he make us men and women capable of remembering all that he has done in our own lives and in the history of our world.

May he help us to feel his presence as the one who is alive and at work in our midst. And may he teach us each day, dear brothers and sisters, not to look among the dead for the Living One. Amen.

Pope Francis, Homily at Easter Vigil, 2013

You are invited to pray the Rosary now.

Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus who rose from the dead

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

If you have not prayed the Rosary before, you can read our introductory page here.

The People's Rosary is a project of the Centre for Theology and Community and De Mazenod Retreat House in east London.

We are grateful for the support of the Lady Peel Trust in developing this project.