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My Dear People,

On Holy Saturday we watched at the Lord's Tomb but today, we rejoice in His Glorious Resurrection. This feast is the Feast of all Feasts and the culminating festival of the whole liturgical year. The Church calls the Easter Vigil - "the Mother of Vigils." The Church awaited the Resurrection of her Lord from the grave and celebrated it with the celebration of the life giving sacraments. The wonderful thing about all this is that He, Our Lord, is with us now just as he was with the Apostles after the Ascension. He taught them that there would be a time when he was taken away (his arrest and death) but - he added - after a short time I shall return. He did in the Easter Morning appearances to the holy women and to Peter and John and the rest of the assembly in the Upper Room.

However he then prepares them for his new going away. He ascended into Heaven. However he also had told the apostles that he would be with them until the end of Time. This going will be necessary if he is to bestow the Holy Spirit on the Church. Although the apostles were sad at this they would have Jesus with them in a new and universal way after Pentecost.

Christ is now with and in His Church and with us in his life saving Sacraments - all Seven of them. He is with his Church in the Ministry of he Priesthood. He is in his Church in the covenanted love of spouses; in the Forgiveness of sins and in the Laying on of Hands and anointing of the Sick. He is present now on Easter Day in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar. It is not a spirit we receive but the very risen and glorified Body of Christ himself who has remained with us throughout the ages and will do so until the end of time. His Sacrifice is an eternal NOW. Pope John ordered the Blessed Sacrament to be brought to his death -bed so that he could see Jesus as soon as he had given his last breath - such is the reality of he Risen Lord.

On this great Feast of Easter we give thanks for the intimacy and love of our Lord. He would not get much closer to us than to become the Pascal lamb could he? How much closer can he get to us than to enter into our souls and bodies in the Blessed Sacrament and to become our Food for the Soul and our Offering - the Oblation to take away sin?

Thanks is due to the servers and choir, Readers and cleaners and sacristan and climbers of ladders and instrumentalists and flower arrangers and fire arrangers - all of whom have worked so hard in making the church look truly beautiful for the Resurrection.

May we all share the Easter joy. I join Father George in wishing you all a very happy and blessed Easter.

He is Risen - never to die again !!

Father Tom Connolly

EASTER WATER the Water blest at the Vigil is especially powerful for symbolically our Lord's Body was lowered into it. Do take some home with you and sprinkle your home and little ones with it and sick ones. Take it from the containers around the Baptismal Font near the right hand side of the High Altar.

EXPOSITION: No Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Easter Monday - Bank Holiday.

BAPTISMS AND RECEPTION INTO FULL COMMUNION WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. Two people are to be received here at St Kentigern's.

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