Sunday, March 23, 2008

He Is Risen

I was blessed to have seen the great play at Irvine Stake Center 'Savior of the World' last night. My sister Rachel played a very natural role for her in it, an 'angel'. It was the best start to Easter possible. Thanks Ryan for babysitting P and Rachel for getting me a ticket, last minute!

Read about our Savior here.

My favorite scene.
Act Two, Scene 1, Segment 1.3
(Light rises on Mary Magdalene kneeling at the tomb door. She rises and sings. Some of the Chorus Women have remained on the colonnade and later softly sing with Mary Magdalene.)
MARY MAGDALENEWhere is He who walked with us?Where is He who prayed?Where is He whose voice rang out,“Come forth from the grave”?Where is He who knelt alone,Who for us did bleed?Where is He who gave His lifeFor our cause to plead?
It was He who taught all Galilee,He who fed us by the sea.With a smile He turned His head to say,“Look on me, follow me, Come to me, I am the Way!”Where is He who dried the tearsOf the suff’ring soul?Where is He who stayed our fears,He who made us whole?

CHORUS WOMENHe who healed the broken heart, Ooo...He who calmed the storm,He who came to save us all,Where is He this morn?
(Mary Magdalene returns to the entrance of the tomb and begins to weep.)
[Music cue: “He Is Risen” underscore , ]
(A radiant light, representing the Savior, begins to fill the space.)
MARY MAGDALENE (sensing a presence) : Are you the gardener here?
SAVIOR (voice-over): Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?
MARY MAGDALENE (without turning toward Him): Sir, if you have carried him from here, please tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.
SAVIOR (voice-over): Mary.
MARY MAGDALENE (suddenly turning, rises): Rabboni!
SAVIOR (voice-over): Touch me not, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God and to your God.50
(Mary Magdalene rises and makes her way out of the garden, which is then transformed into a street. In small groups, angels of all ages fill the stage. Samuel the Lamanite speaks form the colonnade.)
SAMUEL THE LAMANITE: And many graves shall be opened, and shall yield up their dead. And many saints shall appear.51
(As the music ends, all exit.)
NOTES50. See John 20:14–17.51. See Helaman 14:25.

I am grateful to have been born and bred with the knowledge of the life and saving power of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I know that he Lives. I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are works of God. I believe in the prophets of God of 'old' and the Prophets brought forth in these Latter Days, beginning with the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know that President Monson is the Prophet on the Earth today. I know the Holy Ghost guides me in my life daily, and I acknowledge this gift of help and wonder. I am grateful for an amazingly organized but also Christ directed gospel in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Happy Easter!


MarySue said...

Darling Annette-Thank you for sharing your wonderful testimony here. You've made me cry as I've read the inspiring words of the song. I'm very thankful you are my daughter (in law). Joyful Easter! Loves.

Anonymous said...

ANNETTE, YOU HAVE TOUCHED MY HEART TODAY WITH YOUR SHARING. Thank You so much and a Blessed Easter to you and your family, Hugs Aunt J

Trevlyn said...

Beautiful words and feelings! Happy Easter!

liz said...

You're so great, Annette. Love you.

Brooke said...

I love Easter. Thanks for sharing. Isn't it the most peaceful, light filled holiday?