“I wished I had really been there with Mary Magdalene and the others who loved Him. I wanted to actually see with my own eyes and understand more of the sufferings of our Lord, and the compassion of our Lady, and of all those who truly loved Him and saw His suffering at that time. I wanted to be one of them so that I might suffer with Him.”
~ St. Julian of Norwich
O Death, where is your sting? O Hell, where is your victory? Christ is risen, and you are overthrown. Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen. Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice. Christ is risen, and life reigns. Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages. Amen.
St. John Chrysostom, Paschal Sermon
“And we don’t possess God; it is He who holds us and fills us with His presence in proportion to our humility and love. Only by love can we glorify the God of love, only by giving and sharing and sacrificing oneself can one glorify the God who, to save us, sacrificed Himself and went to death, the death of the cross.”
~ Athenagoras I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
“And they that were sent, went their way, and found the colt standing, as he had said unto them. And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said to them: Why loose you the colt? But they said: Because the Lord hath need of him. And they brought him to Jesus. And casting their garments on the colt, they set Jesus thereon.
And as he went, they spread their clothes underneath in the way. And when he was now coming near the descent of Mount Olive, the whole multitude of his disciples began with joy to praise God with a loud voice, for all the mighty works they had seen, Saying: Blessed be the king who cometh in the name of the Lord, peace in heaven, and glory on high!”
(Gospel According to St. Luke 19:32-38)
“And on the next day, a great multitude that was to come to the festival day, when they had heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried: Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel. And Jesus found a young ass, and sat upon it, as it is written: Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy king cometh, sitting on an ass’s colt.”
(Gospel According to St. John 12:12-15)
“And they brought the colt to Jesus; and they lay their garments on him, and he sat upon him. And many spread their garments in the way: and others cut down boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way. And they that went before and they that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna, blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that cometh: Hosanna in the highest.”
(Gospel According to St. Mark 11:7-10)
“And they brought the ass and the colt, and laid their garments upon them, and made him sit thereon. And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way: and others cut boughs from the trees, and strewed them in the way: And the multitudes that went before and that followed, cried, saying: Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.”
(Gospel According to St. Matthew 21:7-9)
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, O daughter of Jerusalem: BEHOLD THY KING will come to thee, the just and saviour: he is poor, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
The Prophecy of Zacharias 9:9
Let no man therefore glory in men. For all things are yours, whether it be Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; for all are yours; And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
1st Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians 3:21-23
“The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities” by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.
Murillo began with the Gospel story of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph finding Jesus in the temple. With Christ, these the three figures form the ‘earthly’ trinity while the Holy Spirit (in the form of a dove) and God the Father join the boy Jesus in forming the ‘heavenly’ Trinity.