Easter Sunday: Jesus rose victorious

The Resurrection of Christ, 1700 (oil on canvas) by Noel Coypel (1628-1707) We have good news today. Jesus came out of the empty tomb.  He was resurrected in bodily form on the Third Day, and rose to live again in the flesh.  He is victorious over death. This is huge.  Coronavirus or no coronavirus. If …

Prayer of Easter, Resurrection Day

Hallelujah! The Lord is Risen! Hallelujah! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us this day.May this meal be blessed as we gather to celebrate together.May your love be shared amongst us as we enjoy the gift of fellowship.May we remember to offer grace and forgiveness that you have freely given us,And …

What is Easter?

Resurrection by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506), tempera on wood, 70x92 cm, detail depicting Christ, 1457-1459 Easter comes two days after Good Friday. It is the fulfillment of the prophesied Messiah who was to come. We know the Messiah or Savior as Jesus who resurrected from the dead. Christians commemorate Easter as the most holy day in …

What is the origin of Easter

The Resurrection of Christ, 1700 (oil on canvas) by Noel Coypel (1628-1707) Jesus' resurrection happened over 2,000 years ago. Over 500 Christians saw Jesus personally after he resurrected in bodily form. He walked and talked with people right up to the time he ascended into heaven (1 Corinthians 15:1-11). We as Christians have a very …

What is Good Friday?

Today is Good Friday. You've likely asked, "Why is Good Friday called Good Friday?" and "What is good about Good Friday?" Some places refer to it as Black Friday. We've heard of Black Friday sales, but that's not what it's about. Some also refer to it as Holy or Sacred Friday, Great Friday, and Passion …

Fragrance: a good gift not only for Christmas

At Christmas, we think of gift-giving. As a baby, Jesus received fragrant gifts of frankincense and myrrh. These were aromatic resins used for personal, religious and medicinal purposes and for burial. Near the end of Jesus' life, he would receive one final and generous gift from a faithful woman.  She would be remembered as giving …

Be blessed with comfort and joy

This Christmas morning, may you be blessed with the comfort and joy that Christ brings for all the world. The words of this carol are so powerful and touches my soul. https://youtu.be/0aVFaDfFRWQ

October 31 marks a freedom from good works

October 31 is a special date that marks the beginning of Protestantism.  No, not Halloween but the day one monk-professor protested the Church's illegitimate rules and regulations.  It was the beginning of the western church's road to reform. Martin Luther, a young Roman Catholic priest before he was kicked-out, had nailed the Ninety-Five Theses on …

Resurrection of Christ Jesus our Lord – Happy Easter!

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter.  This Sunday, Christians will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus whom God the Father in the power of the Holy Spirit, raised from the dead to defeat sin, death and evil.  Praise the Lord! The resurrection is God’s living proof to the disciples, and to us today, that he will fulfill …

Easter Prayer of Confession

Gracious Father, you sent your Son to die and rise to new life in order that death might be brought to an end and that we might live a new life in Him. Yet we confess that we too often have chosen to remain captive to doubt and fear and ways that lead to death. …

Lent – chance to live a new life

I was impressed by an excerpt from an article by Sr Joan Chittister. She says Lent is not only about repentance, but also about making changes in our lives. She states: Lent is a call to weep for what we could have been and are not. Lent is the grace to grieve for what we …

Ash Wednesday and Lent: about repentance

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It’s a time of the year that’s observed by some in the Christian world.  But for most Christians today, Lent has been forgotten and goes unobserved. What is Lent?   This time of year is actually a good practice because it's traditionally a time meant for Christians to reflect …

Happy belated Easter!

Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Hallelujah! Easter has just come and gone. Thank God that Easter is not as commercialized as Christmas.  It's no wonder I try to avoid the malls at Christmastime. Easter is still the last remaining Christian holiday that has not been overtaken by crass commercialism. Perhaps business marketing strategies …

Pentecost: Festival of Harvest (Weeks)

This coming Sunday, May 23rd, marks a very special day in the church calendar: Pentecost Sunday.  The term "Pentecost" comes from the Greek word pentekostos, meaning fiftieth. Fifty days after Passover, Jewish people celebrated Shavuot (also called Festival of  Weeks or Harvest/Reaping (Hebrew: חג השבועות, Ḥag ha-Shavuot) as found in Lev. 23:15–21; Exo. 23:16. Jewish …