Rector’s Letters

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Lent/Easter 2017
Dear parishioners,
As I write this in mid-March this snow is still piled high in yard and, except for the evergreens, what trees and plants can be seen still appear as dry, dead sticks. But we know that in a few weeks the snows will begin to melt away and new life burst forth on those dry branches.
The idea of new life bursting forth is central to the message of Easter. In the resurrection of Jesus the power of death is defeated and new life is acheived, for our risen Lord and, through him, for us as well.
I wish you all a joyful Easter,
Fr. Michael

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Holy Week and Easter Services at Christ Church

Palm Sunday, Apr. 9, 10am, Procession with Palms, Reading of the Passion (service begins in the church)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday in Holy Week, Apr 10-12, 7pm, Eucharist
Maundy Thursday, Apr. 13, 7pm, Eucharist commemorating the institution of the Lord’s Supper. Stripping of the church in preparation for Good Friday. Service followed by a time of watching and prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight (please feel free to come for a short or longer time as you are able), Compline (night prayer) will be said at 11:50pm.
Good Friday, Apr. 14:
9:30am Ecumenical Walk, begins at the Roman Catholic Church, then goes along Queen and Church Streets to Christ Church (for about 10:20am) and then back to the United Church (about 10:45am). Concludes with a light lunch (in keeping with the day), in the UC Hall.
2pm, Liturgy of the Day with Veneration of the Cross and Communion from the pre-sanctified gifts
Holy Saturday, Apr. 15, 8pm, Easter Vigil (the first celebration of Easter) Lighting of the New Fire, Eucharist
Easter Day, Apr. 16, 10am, Parish Eucharist celebrating our principal feast.

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

Thursdays (until April 13th), 10am, in Christ Church. This year we are following a 6-part series called No Wonder They Crucified Him, looking at what made Jesus seem such a dangerous figure to the authorities and what that has to say to us today. (Although they all tie together, each week’s session is stand-alone, so if you haven’t come to the first few , don’t feel it is too late to start. You do not have to come to all six to get something from them.)

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Fridays during Lent (until April 7th), 7pm This is a form of devotion that developed during the Middle Ages, when European Christians were no longer able to readily visit the Holy Land. For us too, this is an opportunity to symbolically walk with our Lord, in the last acts of his life, and to reflect upon the meaning in our lives of his sacrifice on the cross. There are many different ways of performing this devotion. We shall be exploring some of them over the coming weeks.

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