May the memory of those who died in the Manchester bombing be eternal. May God bless those who have been injured or in any way affected by the bombing. Holy Mass will be offered in the Archiepiscopal Chapel for the repose of the souls of those who died and for the living who need care, support and healing, both of body and mind.
Most Rev Douglas Lewins
Archbishop and Metropolitan
DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST:
That Christ is truly risen
from the dead we know.
Victorious King, Thy mercy show!
Amen. Alleluia. – From the Easter Sequence
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! What more can we say of this core tenet of our faith? Jesus Christ, both God and man, has been resurrected for “He is not here: for He is risen, as He said” (Matt 28:6). He is truly alive and is with us until the end of ages. We see His presence in our lives and in acts of goodness and charity. We also see him, very truly, in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Here He offers us His very Body and Blood. How unworthy we are and, yet, so blessed for so sublime a gift.
As we think back to Holy Week we can remember the darkness we felt as He left us on Good Friday. This darkness can creep back into our souls without Our Lord’s presence in our lives. To prevent this we seek Him out in frequent prayer and reception of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Christ our light comforts us and guides us through the uncertainties and anxieties of life. Let us heed His words, then, and nurture His presence in our lives. For “whilst you have the light, believe in the light, that you may be the children of light” (John 12:36).
I pray this Easter Season is a time of renewal for you and that the rest of 2017 may bring you always closer to Our Lord. God bless you and your loved ones now and always.
Sincerely in Christ,