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From the Desk of Father Mac
 

Easter Greetings 2017
Easter Sunday
April 16th, 2017


Dear Brothers and Sisters In Christ,

In the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter we celebrate the central mystery of our Christian faith: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is our belief that through this saving event, Jesus has opened the door to eternal life for all of us who believe and have been baptized into Him. If that isn’t reason to celebrate, I don’t know what is!

St. Paul is adamant about the importance of Jesus' Resurrection to the Christian faith. He tells us: "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished"
(1 Cor. 15:17-18).

Fortunately for us, there is a great body of evidence that Jesus' Resurrection really happened. Just to name a few examples, we have the evidence of the empty tomb which was confirmed by the Jewish authorities, Jesus’ opponents. Secondly the Gospels record that women were the first to find the empty tomb. This is significant because, due to the prejudices of the day, women were often regarded as unreliable witnesses. Most importantly, we have the witness of the apostles who preached the Risen Christ and suffered persecution and martyrdom. Would they have been willing to die for a lie? No. The case for the Resurrection is solid. And so is the basis of our faith.

Baptized into Christ’s death and Resurrection, we now live the heavenly life of the Risen Christ. We can celebrate Easter in hope and in joy because Jesus, the Risen Lord, is with us. He knows us, and with affection calls each of us by name. Through the Easter gift of sharing his new life and liberating love, we too can recognize and treat each other with justice and with affection. Easter means that we can be heaven for each other, a source of hope and joy in our Good Friday world. It is our Easter joy and hope that helps us get through the Good Fridays of our lives. We can thank God and proclaim together, Christ our hope is risen, and through him we have new life. We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!

On behalf of the clergy and staff of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem Parish, I wish you and your family a blessed and Happy Easter!


In Christ,

 

Rev. Eben M. MacDonald
Pastor
 

For Information, please contact the Parish Office at   info@st-cyril.org or phone 818.986.8234


 

 

St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234
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Title: "St Cyril of Jerusalem" - Artist: Anthony Visco, Atelier for the Sacred Arts, Philadelphia, PA - Shrine’s website: guadalupeshrine.org


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