The scene on Calvary is followed by the triumphant message of Easter morning, the message of victory over death and sin. It is the fulfillment of Christ’s mission on earth, a promise of our own resurrection.
The triumphant ﬁgure of Christ rising from the tomb dominates all else in the window. Although we see the wounds in His hands and feet and side, our Lord is vigorously and gloriously alive again.
His wounds and the three empty crosses on Calvary are reminders of the terrible struggle of the preceding days. From now on the cross will be looked at as the sign of new life. That is why it is shown on top of the banner of victory which Christ is holding. The soldiers of the guard, representatives of the earthly power, are shaken and blinded and turn away from the miraculous vision. In the upper right we see the angel of the Lord who had rolled away the stone from the sepulcher.
The main ﬁgure in the right lancet is Mary Magdalene to whom Christ had appeared first. (Mark 16:9) Her whole figure expresses astonishment and surprise.
The entire scene is illuminated by the rising sun, its rays spread over both lancets of the window.
A few smaller designs are used to symbolize the glorious event of the Resurrection: the lilies have pierced the ground and appear suddenly in their white splendor. The pomegranate is bursting and shows the precious fruit that is hidden in its shell. The butterfly, sleeping as a chrysalis, is touched by the warming sunlight and starts a new life among the ﬂowers of the ﬁeld.
The scene in the lower left depicts the scene at Emmaus. “When He was at table with them, He took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him.” (Luke 24:30)