March 25, 2016
|This photo is of the Crucified Christ behind the altar at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, the feet of Christ nailed to the cross. The Church will commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ during Holy Week and Easter Sunday, March 27.
Photo by Rick Musacchio
My Dear People of God,
The celebration of Jesus’ resurrection this Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter season marks the high point in the Church’s experience of, and her witness to, the life of faith.
In all of our parish churches throughout the diocese, we have made the effort to fulfill what the Church’s liturgy encouraged us to do during the rite of blessing the palms:
“Let us follow Him with a lively faith.”
In that faith, we have read, heard and reflected on the account of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. Hopefully, we have all grown closer to Him as we allow the truth of His love to penetrate our hearts. We remember His words:
“There is no greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for a friend.”
Although Jesus’ disciples were initially discouraged and disillusioned over the events leading to His death, the experience of His resurrected glory restored their hope and their joy.
He brought them the message of peace.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is God’s revelation of His triumph over the powers of sin and death. Already we share in that victory by belonging to Him, even as we await its fulfillment in His future coming.
May the hope and joy which we find and celebrate in the Lord’s resurrection be yours in abundance. Jesus is risen, yes, He is truly risen! A blessed Easter to you!
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville