2017 Holy Week Message from Fr. Gagne
As we prepare to celebrate, through liturgical rites, the last days of the life of Jesus, I invite you join us for the special liturgies of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, The Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday.
Like the crowds that followed Jesus during his lifetime on earth, we must decide for ourselves, what his message, and the meaning of his life, has to do with our lives.
Like Peter, and the other disciples, will we run away, deny him, stand with him, call for his crucifixion, or just walk away and hide? The answer to these questions has already been answered by what has been happening in our lives since last we celebrated Holy Week.
Although we, like Peter, our fearless leader, might have cause to weep bitterly, we know that we are still loved and forgiven. To this end, priests bishops, deacons, and all of God holy people will celebrate the Lord’s Passover with minds and hearts renewed.
The world has great need of our witness to Christ Crucified, and the glory of his resurrection. Because he has conferred on us The Father’s Kingdom, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are called to go forth everywhere to proclaim through the manner of our lives, that we belong to Christ and his kingdom, a kingdom of peace and justice, and of holiness and truth, so that all people may be raised up to a new hope.
I look forward to celebrating this Holy Week with you. Let us keep each other in our prayers, as together we make a stand for Christ and his church, in our time, and in this portion of God’s kingdom.
“We adore you O Christ and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world.”
Rev. Roger C. Gagné,