An Easter Message from Our Rector Canon Seamus

EWP_1756opt

Canon Seamus

The great feast of Easter is upon us; the feast of life, joy and hope.
The wonder and surprise of the Lord’s resurrection has changed
our understanding and perception of life forever. It now has
meaning and purpose and beauty. We are filled with joy and hope
because no matter what bad things happen in the world, in the
Church and in our own lives, Jesus declares, in the power of His
resurrection, “Behold, I make all things new!”
No longer are we subject to futility and a sense of hopelessness.
Christ makes all things new because He has conquered sin and
death. They no longer have power over us.
We are made for life and future glory. Alleluia!
Let this feast then fill our hearts and so be healed and consoled
and renewed and filled with His peace.

A Happy and Blest Easter to you and your families!

POTENS EST VERUM
Alleluia!

Easter Reflection

His Mother rejoices for He is Risen
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Lady, though naturally grieving at the time of the crucifixion, was now joyful because her Son, the long-awaited Messiah, has convincingly conquered death just as He promised. The King of Hope has unlocked the shackles of Satan, applying the fruits of His stunning victory to those who have united themselves with Him.

The continual rejoicing of Our Lady should find a home deep within the hearts of all the faithful.

We know how difficult it is in our seemingly dark and despondent world to remain joyful and hopeful, but we can feel confident as Mother Mary did so knowing that Jesus is alive and intercedes for us at the right hand of His Father, anticipating our homecoming in heaven.

Our Blessed Mother at the Annunciation represented the human race needing to be redeemed by Christ; at the Resurrection, she represented us the redeemed brothers and sisters of Jesus.

Mary accepted her role of suffering with Christ for the redemption of the world; she shared with Him after His Resurrection the inexpressible joy of His triumph.

Our Lady at the Annunciation provided the body to Jesus with which He sacrificed Himself to His eternal Father; at the Resurrection, she began her vital mission of interceding to Her risen Son on behalf of her children (cf. Vatican II, Lumen Gentium, no. 62).

Let us this happy day reflect upon our own relationship with our Heavenly Mother. Do you trust in her intercession and help? Do we know that Jesus has entrusted us to her care? Have we consecrated our life to her protection? One of the best ways to honour our Blessed Mother is to pray the rosary. Pray it today, at least a decade. And as you do, ask her to gently guide us to her  Risen Son, Jesus.

For this is a new day, a new dawn filled with the light and hope of His Resurrection.
Alleluia!

Dearest Mother, Virgin of Guadalupe, we consecrate ourselves to your motherly care. We thank you for your perfect concern, help and mercy. Please intercede for us as we place our trust in you. Take us to Your Son Jesus that we may love Him with your beautiful heart. Mother Mary, pray for us. St. Juan Diego, pray for us. Jesus, we trust in You.

POTENS EST VERUM

He is risen, alleluia!