WELCOME TO CHRIST THE KING ANGLICAN CHURCH
In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul encouraged the church in Rome to welcome one another. Romans 15:7 (ESV) Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. On behalf of our church family, we'd like to extend a special welcome to our visitors today. Our hope and prayer for visitors and regular attendees today is that our interactions here today will, indeed, bring glory to God.
What is Easter?
Easter is one of the central holidays, or Holy Days, of Christianity. It honors the Resurrection of Jesus three days after His death by crucifixion. For many Christian churches, Easter is the joyful conclusion to the Lenten season of devoted prayer, fasting and penitence.
Along with the Nativity of Christ, Easter is one of the most important celebrations in the Christian calendar. It is when Christians glorify and give thanks for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. After His crucifixion, death, and burial, Christ rose from the grave three days later. By this, He conquered death and redeemed us from sin.
The Easter season is fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to Pentecost Sunday. The first eight days of the Easter season make up the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day. In a sense, every day of the Octave is like a little Sunday.
During the Easter season the Paschal Candle, a symbol of the presence of the Risen Christ among the people of God, remains in the sanctuary near the Altar or Ambo until Pentecost Sunday.
An overview of the liturgical season known as Easter which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored).
Forward Day by Day Meditation
SATURDAY, April 29 CATHERINE OF SIENA, Mystic and Prophetic Witness, 1380
Daniel 6:23 Daniel was taken up out of the den.
I’ve read more than one story about overzealous people climbing enclosures at zoos to get closer to lions and other animals, and those encounters do not always end with the person escaping unscathed.
There are so many tragedies and seemingly senseless deaths that it can be hard to read this passage about how an angel shut the lions’ mouths so they would not devour Daniel without some skepticism. The pandemic alone has taken untold lives. Not everyone escapes the lions’ dens. So why do we read or retell these stories over and over?
I think it is so that we will have heroes to look to, miraculous stories to hold onto for hope, even when our own lives seem hopeless. Yes, God can work miracles, but we also know not everyone is delivered from danger.
My son loved this story when he was little. I loved it, too. I still love it, for different reasons. Rather than the frisson of terror I felt as a child, I feel thankful for this example of God’s working signs and wonders in heaven and on earth.
MOVING FORWARD: Which Bible stories give you hope, especially when you’re feeling hopeless?