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Presiding Bishop's Easter Message

 

Almighty God, who through thine only-begotten Son Jesus Christ hast overcome death, and opened unto us the gate of everlasting life; We humbly beseech thee that, as by thy special grace preventing us thou dost put into our minds good desires, so by thy continual help we may bring the same to good effect; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

A Blessed Eastertide to you all!

At this most holy time of the year, we raise our voices in joy as we remember the Resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ. Easter Day is a time of great celebration, as it is truly the essential and defining moment of our faith. Without Easter, there is no Christianity. Easter is the central moment in which all that we know and all that we love and all that we hope for comes to pass. God becomes manifest to us in a way that only God can, because it is on this day that the heart of God expresses the ultimate truth of His being: love at the beginning of all life; love now in this present moment; love for all of time.

Throughout the Easter season, we recall many images from Holy Scripture. For those of us who have traveled the path to the foot of the cross during Holy Week, we see very clearly in our minds eyes the place of crucifixion. We watch as the terrible events unfold before us. We are powerless to stop them. And, even if we could, God could not permit it. We mourn with the early followers of Jesus. We wonder what will happen to us. We gather together in small groups to see if there is anything we can do. But we know that all is lost. Death has taken all hope from us.

And yet...God is with us still. Many of us dare not hope for what is to us the miracle of the Resurrection. We may pay lip service to it; we may hedge our bets. We know that we would like to believe it. But what if we are wrong? What if we are wrong?

The Resurrection it is not about us being right or wrong. It is about God's opening His heart to us in the most powerful and loving way possible. That love is unconditional and is given to us all with a generosity that we can only dimly comprehend.

We stand on this holy day and look into a very familiar space. It is empty, empty of all our fears. And we wonder: how this can be? We know that this particular space should be filled with every one of our deepest imagined fears. And yet, as the light of God's grace fills our hearts on Easter Day, we know that God has given us, once again and for all time, the enormous gift of His love.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Your Brother in Christ,

+Brian

 

 

St John's Anglican Church

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