Easter Message from the Presiding Bishop

A blessed and happy Easter to all! May the glories of the resurrection inspire each of us in devoted service to our Lord Jesus who has demonstrated his great love toward us. Regardless of our circumstances in life, we can look to the resurrection as the great hope and assurance that not only is our eternal salvation secured in him but our lives on this earth are lifted above the banal. We are assured by our Lord himself that as he lives, we shall live also. The double curses of sin and death have been overcome once and for all by the atoning work that our Lord did on our behalf and we need no longer fear those two enemies as we are in him and he is in us.

As we begin the Easter Season, please be reminded that Easter Monday and Tuesday are still high Holy Days with special Propers for those days in the Prayer Book. Most of us realize that in the secular world around us Easter is a one day event similar to Christmas. Those of us who keep the Calendar of the Church catholic know the Season of Easter continues until Ascension Day. This may provide a good opportunity to explain to others why we as Anglicans keep these special days as part of our Christian lives.

For Anglicans, Easter is more than just another day when there is a gathering of people for a family feast. We have been involved through Lent in personal preparation and the important events of Holy Week. Nothing makes the Celebration of Easter more special than preparation of one’s heart for the Joys of the Resurrection.

“Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more;
Death hath no more dominion over him.
For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that
He liveth, he liveth unto God.
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed
Unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:9

Alleluia, The Lord is risen indeed; O come let us adore him. Alleluia