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Letter from the Rector – April 2012

At Easter we remember simply that Christ died for us, and rising again, restored our lives.

We describe this as a sacrifice, but what kind of sacrifice is it?

It is not a sacrifice to a vengeful God, because Jesus is both victim and priest, and the Father is united to him, as the Holy Spirit is united to him, all in a relationship of love which the Greek fathers of the Church described as being like a dance – I think you have to remember that they were thinking of the kind of dance where people join hands and form circles as they move together united by the rhythms of the music, which you still see at village weddings in Greece. (more…)

Letter from the Bishop – April 2012

April Fool’s Day this year falls on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, and, of course, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. A donkey is not an obvious animal for Jesus the King to have chosen.  That of course is why he did it! Riding a horse would have carried a very different message.

Jesus came to show God’s way of authority, of loving service, not military might. How foolish, some thought and some still think! (more…)