Christ is Risen, Alleluia!
The image below shows an old photograph of the structure built over the tomb of Jesus within the Church of the holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem. The photo was taken during the 1940s. Recent archaeological research has confirmed that the team sent by the Emperor Constantine around 325 AD found a temple built over the tomb site some 200 years before. Beneath this, they found a tomb hewn from the rock, with the shelf for the body to rest on, as was the custom in first century Jerusalem.
The edifice we see today, called the Aedicula, rests over this entire structure and incorporates much of the original tomb area.
‘Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead’.
This extract from today’s Gospel gives us the account, that we too may believe.
May God bless your Easter.