Easter Messages and links to Church of England's Prayer resources
Easter Messages from our Chaplain, the Diocese in Europe, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Her Majesty The Queen.
I hope that you are safe and staying well, wherever, you are, at this very difficult time in our world's history.
Our Chaplain, Father Michael Jarman, has sent this prayer to help us in our devotions at this very sacred time of Easter and all that happened to our Lord.
This is the prayer:
"In union O Lord with the faithful at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is being celebrated, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I unite myself to you and embrace you with heart and mind and soul.Let nothing ever separate you from me and may I live and die in your love.
Here is a message from our Suffragan Bishop - Bishop David Hamid
You rose from the tomb as God in glory,
and raised the world up with you.
Mortal nature sang your praise as God,
and death disappeared.
Adam dances, O Master,
/ and Eve, now freed from her chains,
and rejoices as she cries:
It is you, O Christ, who grant Resurrection to all.
(Orthodox Kontakion for the Resurrection)
May you be comforted in this time of trial, and filled with Easter joy and peace.
Christ is risen!
And a message from Lambeth Palace form Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury:-
And, finally, a message from Windsor Castle from Her Majesty The Queen, her first ever Easter Message:
HM Queen Elizabeth II - Easter Message 2020
Link to the Church of England's Resources for Prayer and Reflection
For those of us who wish to access the Church of England's Resources for prayer and reflection - including a specific programme covering the next 40 days, they can be found at the following links:
Church of England Easter Prayer Resources
Church of England - Easter 40 days - Lord's Prayer Reflections
I hope that we are all able to see each other again soon - when our Church Buildings are allowed to re-open to us and to our visitors.
In the meantime, Stay Safe and Stay Well!!
Electoral Roll Officer
Holy Trinity Church (Madeira)