All Saints Messenger - February 22, 2018

posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:33 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This past Tuesday at Vestry we had a lively discussion about numerous topics. One of the topics we discuss every Vestry meeting is "Concerns from the Congregation." This is a time for Vestry members who have heard about issues or who have been searched out by parishioners with concerns to voice them to the parish leadership. Sometimes we hear about, "Where is the Rector?," "Why do we not use simple bulletins?," or "Do you know that so and so is having surgery?" It is a time to share, get concerns on the table, share new ideas, etc. This week one of the concerns was our Processional Cross that has the Resurrected Christ on it. Some say they don't like it and want a simple, basic cross.

So with that comment, I thought I would provide you with some context and a theological grounding on this issue. First, I want to make sure that everyone understands that the Jesus on our Processional Cross is the Resurrected Christ NOT the Crucified Christ. Take a careful look next time and see this important distinction.

We have three Processional crosses at All Saints: 1) The Resurrected Christ Cross (used on most Sundays), 2) a simple wooden cross (used when children are the crucifer) and during Lent, and 3) an ornate and heavy polished brass cross used on high holy days, if the crucifer can handle the weight of it.

The Roman Catholic tradition often has a processional cross with the Crucified Christ. I believe that because our cross is relatively small those who have voiced a concern may be thinking it is a Crucified Christ versus a Resurrected Christ.

The Episcopal Tradition preaches both the Crucified Christ AND the Risen Christ. Had Christ not risen, the cross would be meaningless. He would have just been another in a long line of Jews that got themselves into trouble and killed for their trouble.

It IS the Risen Christ that makes the Church. Remember the great mystery of faith: Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again.

Hopefully this has helped those who had a concern or inquired. Also, we encourage any and all parishioners to share with myself or Vestry members their "Concerns of the Congregation." Rest assured that the issues raised are important and will be discussed at Vestry and, if needed, action taken. We appreciate and need your input.

See ya Sunday!

Blessings,
Gary+
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