St Peters Cathedral

19 April Easter Eve
  • 9am-5pm – Church open for private prayer
  • 8pm – Choral Eucharist with the lighting of the Paschal candle
20 April Easter Sunday
  • 8am – Holy Eucharist
  • 9:45am – Choral Holy Eucharist
  • 5pm – Cantata Vespers for Easter Sunday
The Very Reverend Peter Rickmann

Dear Friends in Christ
E te whanau a te Karaiti

Kia Ora Koutou

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons."Vicar, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!" The vicar was thrilled. "No-one has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. Tell me why." "Well - it reminded me of the Peace of God because....here comes the punch line........it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!"

The Greek Orthodox Church has a wonderful Easter tradition: the telling of humorous stories and jokes on Easter Sunday. A priest will share with the gathered community a story or a joke that will hopefully result in laughter or a simple smile; serving as a reminder that on Easter Sunday we remember, reflect and celebrate that God had the final word, the last laugh if you like, over sin and death as demonstrated in the Resurrection of Jesus. It is a moment to recall that, despite the powerful forces at work that saw Jesus brutally tortured and crucified on Good Friday, on Easter Sunday we proclaim with joy that He is Risen! God ultimately has the last word, the last laugh on every human life; suffering and evil does not.

I believe that this Easter hope is worth holding close and proclaiming with faithful confidence in our beautiful and broken world. There are so many who suffer, so many oppressed longing for liberation, so many for whom life is a constant struggle, often full of emotional, physical and mental pain. The journey and experience of Holy Week is a story to share and draw comfort and strength from. Suffering, oppression, pain and yes even death does not have the final word on our lives. We proclaim He is risen indeed, Alleluia! because we believe that love is stronger than hate, peace is stronger than violence and ultimately life is stronger than death! Alleluia!

On this Easter Sunday it is a joy to welcome our Bishop, Helen-Ann to the cathedral as our preacher at both services and as celebrant at the 9.45am. I would also like to thank all those who have contributed so much to our liturgy and events here at the cathedral during this past Holy Week, it is a constant joy and a privilege to serve this community as your Dean and to work amongst and with so many talented and generous people.

I wish you all a truly holy and Happy Easter!

Alleluia, Christ is Risen!
He is Risen indeed, Alleluia!

Blessings in His service,

Your Dean
Peter

April 16, 2014

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