Sunday, 4 April 2010

Easter messages

Alleluia, Christ is risen!

We have already linked to the ecumenical Easter Letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Here are links to, and extracts from, some of the many other Easter messages.

Presiding Bishop of the American Episcopal Church

Beginning with the example of the people of Haiti, who “need to practice saying Alleluia” this year so that they can celebrate Easter in the midst of grief and darkness, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori calls on Episcopalians to stretch their spiritual muscles in order to “insist on resurrection everywhere we turn” in her 2010 Easter message.

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

“Christ is Risen, Christ is Risen; Tell it with a joyful voice”

Having made our journey through Holy Week, commemorating the events of the Lord’s passion, death and burial we come now to Easter and the joy of His Glorious Resurrection.

Sunday by Sunday throughout the great festival of Easter, we take delight in hearing those stories of how the risen Lord appeared to so many — greeting and calling them by name, opening the scriptures and teaching them, breaking bread in their midst, bestowing his peace, breathing the Holy Spirit into their hearts and then sending them into all the world. Alongside these wonderful stories are accounts of the earliest Christian preaching recorded in The Acts of the Apostles.

The Archbishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

A belief in death and resurrection of Jesus is a decision of the mind and the heart. It is a faith choice. You can believe the witnesses who say that something remarkable occurred in the resurrection of Jesus from death – a resurrection that has gone on recreating the world ever since by the triumph of divine life over death, divine love over hate, and divine light over darkness. Or you can believe that the witnesses were mistaken and that life and death, love and hate, light and darkness are evenly matched and that there is no ultimate power for good that is stronger than the grave.

The Archbishop of Melbourne

In a message on Youtube for Easter 2010, Archbishop Philip Freier invites you to be inspired by the lives of Hugh Evans, founder of the Oaktree Foundation and the Global Poverty Project, and Jessie Taylor, refugee advocate and lawyer. Their compassion and pursuit of justice have come from a living faith in the risen Christ.

The Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe

When the Roman Emperor Constantine won a decisive battle at the Milvian Bridge in the year 312, he had a vision. Constantine thought he saw in the sky the Greek letters Chi-Rho – the first letters of the word Christ – with the words in hoc signo vincit – ‘in this sign, conquer’. Constantine won, and took control of the Roman Empire, bringing to an end the persecution of Christianity, and establishing it as a religio licita – a permitted religion, and then recognising it as the religion of the Roman Empire, even though he himself was not baptised until he was dying. The church historian, Eusebius of Caesarea, saw the conversion of Constantine as one of the great providential moments. Just as St Luke, at the end of the Acts of the Apostles, brings the Gospel to Rome, the political heart of the known world, so now the kingdoms of this world, and the Roman Empire in particular, ‘have become the kingdom of our God and of his Christ.’

Would that things were so simple. A millennium or more after Constantine a German monk, Martin Luther, saw the corruption of the church and, in part, traced it back to Constantine. Had the church captured the empire, or the empire captured the church? The relation between church and state has always been ambiguous.

Bishop of Bangor

Christ’s death and resurrection bring forgiveness to those with broken and ruptured lives and hope for a more just and humane society, the Bishop of Bangor says in his Easter message this year.

Bishop of St Asaph

“There is no going back” says the Bishop of St Asaph as he reflects on the message of Easter this year. The symbol of the egg, so familiar at Easter, reminds us that there comes a time when “the chick bursts forth, and there’s no going back.” The resurrection of Jesus “is an invitation to us to embrace new life”.

Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe

Oscar Romero’s murder in El Salvador. He was murdered because he challenged the violence and oppression of those in positions of political power. He was slain by a goverment-sanctioned bullet to the chest as he said Mass in the humble monastery where he lived.

Bishop of Down and Dromore

The story of Easter is told this year in a context where many of our key ‘institutions’ are under serious scrutiny - and it is right that it should be so. Institutions are necessary for the ordering of society, but they can take on a life of their own and become self-serving. That applies, of course, not only to the institutions of politics and society, but also - and equally - to the institutions of the church, which can be just as fallen, just as sinful, and even more profoundly disappointing, because they claim to exist for the sake of Jesus Christ.

Revd David Gamble, President of the Methodist Conference

In his Easter message, Revd David Gamble, President of the Methodist Conference, has called on Methodists to celebrate God’s action in the here and now.

David stressed the Church’s responsibility to tell good news stories, witnessing to God’s love in action in the lives of individuals and communities in 21st century Britain and all around the world.

He spoke of how the most exciting stories of the Methodist faith lie not just in the past, but in contemporary Church life. “There are some impressive and important stories to be told,” he said. “Not of how things used to be. Not of our Church’s former greatness. Not of our happy memories. But of God’s love in action in the lives of people here and now. The stories come from all over the place. And it is important we share them.”

The truth is out there - Bishop of Swansea and Brecon

Christ’s Resurrection urges us to create a society which brings love, truth and justice to all, the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon says in his Easter message.

Scottish Church leaders’ Easter appeal to Government. This ends:

All of us have a political choice in the next few weeks. We call upon all people of goodwill to make it clear to candidates of all parties that we should choose life over death and the alleviation of poverty over the replacement of Trident.

Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church - All are welcome

Good Friday and Easter Day are the centre of the Christian faith story. Our churches will be busy this weekend. Our worship will be full of drama and emotion as we tell again what we believe to be the greatest story of all human history. You will be welcome join us and to be part of that.

And finally …

Archbishop Robert Duncan of The Anglican Church in North America

“Go make the tomb secure…”

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How typical of AB Bob to portray himself and his followers of victims of a robbery instead of as the attempted perpetrators.

Posted by: Pat O'Neill on Sunday, 4 April 2010 at 12:05pm BST

...not to mention, that when he says "They can even take our lives, as in far-flung places like Nigeria," xDuncan's not mentioning the lives which his Nigerian allies are TAKING (be they Muslim or LGBT).

But in the Spirit of Today, I offer an "Alleluia, He is Risen!" even to our self-separated brethren...

Posted by: JCF on Sunday, 4 April 2010 at 6:07pm BST

It's all about Bob, isn't it? I thought it was all about Jesus. Silly me. But I join in the alleluias. Jesus died and rose to save Bob too.

Posted by: Cynthia Gilliatt on Sunday, 4 April 2010 at 9:11pm BST

With reference to x Duncan's remark,"They can even take our lives, as in far flung places like Nigeria". I have an update question. Has Martin Minns quietly and finally retired to his beloved
Nigeria ? I am sure "Big Pete" is going to need
him more than ever.


Posted by: CarlD on Sunday, 4 April 2010 at 10:32pm BST

"Institutions are necessary for the ordering of society, but they can take on a life of their own and become self-serving. That applies, of course, not only to the institutions of politics and society, but also - and equally - to the institutions of the church, which can be just as fallen, just as sinful, and even more profoundly disappointing, because they claim to exist for the sake of Jesus Christ."
- Bishop of Down & Dromore -

A timely reminder that the Church needs to pull it's proverbial socks up on issues of perceived injustice within it's own ranks - as well as in
the outside world.

The more I read about ex-Bishop Robbie Duncan, the more I understand where former ABC, George Carey, is coming from. They are singing from the same hymnbook. The persecution complex they share is entirely a phantom creation of their imagination.

Posted by: Father Ron Smith on Sunday, 4 April 2010 at 11:36pm BST

If you're going to die because you're a Christian, better make sure you are really one and not a fake. It really matters when you come face to face with God. The people in the following web-site were brutally murdered because they were Christians.

[editor's note: You may find the images at the above site distressing.]

Posted by: Basil on Tuesday, 6 April 2010 at 9:23pm BST

[Thank you, editor.]

@Basil. Haven't a clue what your point is. Clarify? [Re "It really matters when you come face to face with God." As neither you, nor any living person has been, how would you know? {Braces for Bible citation of distant-at-best context}]

Posted by: JCF on Wednesday, 7 April 2010 at 4:45am BST

The images were, indeed, disturbing: I can't imagine anyone pretending to be a pastor of any sort who would've shown such disrespect to the corpses of murdered people by using them as a means to further violence and hatred between Christians and Muslims. What an opportunistic, diabolic *use* of the deaths of the innocent! The dead may have been Christians, but the clergy who made such opportunistic use of the carnage are most certainly not.

Posted by: MarkBrunson on Wednesday, 7 April 2010 at 10:21am BST

Bishop Duleep of Colombo issued a very powerful Easter Message this year. It can be read here.

Posted by: Fr Marc Billimoria on Tuesday, 13 April 2010 at 1:16pm BST
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