Images of Medieval Art and Architecture


Luke 24

1 And on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came
to the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they
had prepared.

2 And they found the stone rolled back from the sepulchre.

3 And going in, they found not the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 And it came to pass, as they were astonished in their mind at this,
behold, two men stood by them, in shining apparel.

5 And as they were afraid, and bowed down their countenance towards the
ground, they said unto them: Why seek you
the living with the dead?

6 He is not here, but is risen. Remember how he spoke unto you, when he
was in Galilee,

7 Saying: The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men,
and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

8 And they remembered his words.

9 And going back from the sepulchre, they told all these things to the
eleven, and to all the rest.

10 And it was Mary Magdalen, and Joanna, and Mary of James, and the other
women that were with them, who told these
things to the apostles.

11 And these words seemed to them as idle tales; and they did not believe

12 But Peter rising up, ran to the sepulchre, and stooping down, he saw
the linen cloths laid by themselves; and went
away wondering in himself at that which was come to pass.

13 And behold, two of them went, the same day, to a town which was sixty
furlongs from Jerusalem, named Emmaus.

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that while they talked and reasoned with
themselves, Jesus himself also drawing near, went with

16 But their eyes were held, that they should not know him.

17 And he said to them: What are these discourses that you hold one with
another as you walk, and are sad?

18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleophas, answering, said to him:
Art thou only a stranger to Jerusalem, and
hast not known the things that have been done there in these days?

19 To whom he said: What things? And they said: Concerning Jesus of
Nazareth, who was a prophet, mighty in work and
word before God and all the people;

20 And how our chief priests and princes delivered him to be condemned to
death, and crucified him.

21 But we hoped, that it was he that should have redeemed Israel: and now
besides all this, to day is the third day since
these things were done.

22 Yea and certain women also of our company affrighted us, who before it
was light, were at the sepulchre,

23 And not finding his body, came, saying, that they had also seen a
vision of angels, who say that he is alive.

24 And some of our people went to the sepulchre, and found it so as the
women had said, but him they found not.

25 Then he said to them: O foolish, and slow of heart to believe in all
things which the prophets have spoken.

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and so to enter into
his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded to them in
all the scriptures, the things that were
concerning him.

28 And they drew night to the town, whither they were going: and he made
as though he would go farther.

29 But they constrained him; saying: Stay with us, because it is towards
evening, and the day is now far spent. And he
went in with them.

30 And it came to pass, whilst he was at table with them, he took bread,
and blessed, and brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him: and he vanished out of
their sight.

32 And they said one to the other: Was not our heart burning within us,
whilst he spoke in this way, and opened to us the

33 And rising up, the same hour, they went back to Jerusalem: and they
found the eleven gathered together, and those that
were staying with them,

34 Saying: The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

35 And they told what things were done in the way; and how they knew him
in the breaking of the bread.

36 Now whilst they were speaking these things, Jesus stood in the midst of
them, and saith to them: Peace be to you; it is
I, fear not.

37 But they being troubled and frightened, supposed that they saw a

38 And he said to them: Why are you troubled, and why do thoughts arise in
your hearts?

39 See my hands and feet, that it is I myself; handle, and see: for a
spirit hath not flesh and bones, as you see me to have.

40 And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and feet.

41 But while they yet believed not, and wondered for joy, he said: Have
you any thing to eat?

42 And they offered him a piece of a broiled fish, and a honeycomb.

43 And when he had eaten before them, taking the remains, he gave to them.

44 And he said to them: These are the words which I spoke to you, while I
was yet with you, that all things must needs be
fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and
in the psalms, concerning me.

45 Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the

46 And he said to them: Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to
suffer, and to rise again from the dead, the third

47 And that penance and remission of sins should be preached in his name,
unto all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48 And you are witnesses of these things.

49 And I send the promise of my Father upon you: but stay you in the city
till you be endued with power from on high.

50 And he led them out as far as Bethania: and lifting up his hands, he
blessed them.

51 And it came to pass, whilst he blessed them, he departed from them, and
was carried up to heaven.

52 And they adoring went back into Jerusalem with great joy.

53 And they were always in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Return to Images of Medieval Art and Architecture
Updated by Jane Vadnal, February, 1998