"The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined."
– The Prophecy of Isaiah, Chapter 9, Verse 2
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
And 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.
And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.
– The Gospel of St Mark, Chapter 16, Verses 1-6
[Photo: Window in St John the Divine, Kennington, © Brian Sible, 2012]