An Easter Message from the Bishop

An Easter Message from the Bishop

Dear Friends in Christ:

Grace and peace to you. It was not very long ago that we all received the Church's invitation to the observance of a holy Lent. I hope that this Season and its disciplines have been an aid to your spiritual health and growth. I pray that your Lent has been a time of blessing, and that Holy Week and Easter will be especially meaningful to you. Still, it is important to remember that such things as Seasons, Feasts and liturgies are not significant in themselves; these things deserve our attention as they point to a reality beyond themselves, a great truth that is at the heart of all things. That reality is that Christ is risen. It is that he has overcome death and the grave. It is that we are risen with him.

I pray that we will be helped to enter the liturgies of this special time more deeply aware of that reality. I pray that we will all find ourselves not just ready for Easter as a liturgical event, but be helped to live more fully and recognizably as an Easter people-because that is what we truly are.

How can we live that reality more completely? How can the Church proclaim it more effectively? May this Easter move us into actively seeking answers to such questions, and may the blessing of the risen Christ be upon you.

Yours in the power of the Resurrection,

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