Narrative: This shrine incorporates several levels of meaning. Approaching the empty tomb,
Mary, the mother of James; Salome and Mary Magdalene carry perfumed oils and
intend to anoint Jesus. Sitting on the upturned lid of the tomb is one of God’s heavenly messengers.
Rising upward, the tomb becomes the altar in a church. Upon the altar is the risen Christ, symbolized by a lamb carrying a banner, white with a red cross of victory. The lamb is before the tabernacle, which holds the consecrated host signified by the red glass and lit candle.
Above the tabernacle is the empty cross of the risen Christ, draped with his white linen covering. Behind the altar is a plant, its leaves extended in joy. Green represents hope, regeneration and fertility, and is also the color for victory.
An arch of silk roses surrounds the whole. Fifteen red roses represent the Mysteries of the Rosary while the white roses indicate purity. Resting on one rose is a monarch butterfly, a symbol of eternal life by the Resurrection.
Easter Card Message:
May you live forever in the light of Christ's resurrection. Wishing you the blessings of Easter. I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26)
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