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THE THREE WOMEN AT THE SEPULCHRE.

UPON the glorious morning of Christ's resurrection, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, repaired to the sepulchre in which he had been laid, for the purpose of embalming the body. In their way thither, "they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great. And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted." Under the influence of their alarm, they turned to quit the sacred spot, when they were met by another angel, who not only acquainted them with their Saviour's resurrection, but accompanied them into the sepulchre, showed them that the place where Christ's body had been laid was at that moment void, commanding them to go immediately and communicate the fact to his apostles, and especially to The women, not doubting the truth of this unexpected revelation, hastened to do the bidding of the heavenly messenger; and having found the apostles, told them what they had heard and seen. The twelve received the communication with incredulity, looking upon what the women told them as the mere effect of an over excited fancy. Peter and John, however, willing to satisfy themselves as to the fact of what the women had told them, immediately repaired to the The body sepulchre, and found their account literally true. had not only disappeared, but the burial dress was lying upon the ground, and the napkin which had been bound about our Saviour's head was carefully folded and laid by itself. Nevertheless, it was not until Jesus appeared to the whole of the apostles assembled together after his resurrection, and gave them tangible proofs of his bodily existence, that they were all convinced of his having risen from the dead.

Peter.

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