All Saints Messenger April 11, 2013

posted Apr 15, 2013, 6:55 PM by John Woodward
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Alleluia, Christ is Risen! Those words greet the assembly every Sunday between Easter Sunday and the Day of Pentecost. After the long penitential season of Lent we have arrived and we live into Christ's Resurrection during the Great 50 Days of Easter. We do not say the confession and, if able, we stand for the prayers. This specific action of standing was so important to the ancient church that there is a reference to standing during the Great 50 Days of Easter at the Council of Nicea (c. 325).

Our liturgy is what really makes Episcopalians unique. We live into the life of Christ through our actions at the Liturgy. We welcome, we respond, we sit, we stand, we sing, we give the peace, we touch, we reach for Christ's Body & Blood, we say the great AMEN, and we are dismissed to go out into the world "Rejoicing in the Power of the Spirit" to serve as Christ's feet and hands. Do you see how we some refer to this as dancing?

This Easter season is filled with joy, hope, and full of anticipation of the Holy Spirit to arrive on Pentecost, as Jesus fulfills his promise to send an advocate for all of us. This is why Pentecost is one of the five days the Church encourages Baptism. If there is anyone who desires the rite of Baptism on the joyful Day of Pentecost please let me know. Blessings this week as we continue our journey with Christ here on earth!

Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blessings, Peace, Joy, & Hope,