March 25th, 2015
Feast of the Annunciation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The recent martyrdom of Christians in many parts of the world reminds us that the call to follow Jesus is a costly call. It requires our commitment, our will, our time, our treasure and our convictions. The collect for Morning Prayer on Fridays reminds us that the way of the cross is our way of life. Jesus walked the way of the cross so that we might be saved, willingly and obediently suffering death on the cross so that we could inherit eternal life.
As we continue on toward the height of the Christian year, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, I encourage you to walk the way of the cross with Jesus as His disciples. I encourage you to give up every other activity that may distract you and join in the services of Holy Week and Easter this coming week, so that you can know the saving love of Jesus Christ more fully and more deeply. I encourage you also to invite a friend, family member, or neighbor who does not know Jesus to come with you and experience His saving love and then share with them the hope that we have because of the Cross and the Resurrection. I pray that this Holy Week and Easter will bring each of us closer to the One who is the Savior of the world - Jesus Christ.
As you continue in your walk with Jesus, I ask your prayers for the persecuted Church throughout the world. I also ask your prayers for all the people of this diocese, clergy and laity, that we may all be courageous and faithful in sharing our faith, strengthening one another as we walk the way of the Cross, filled with the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ, our risen Lord and Savior.
Almighty, everlasting God...stir up in us the flame of that love which burned in the heart of your Son as He bore His passion, and let it burn in us to eternal life and to the ages of ages. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, p. 113)
May you have a blessed Holy Week and a joyous Eastertide.
Your brother in Christ,
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