March 30, 2018

An Easter greeting from Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

(En Español)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Archbishop Charles C. ThompsonAlleluia! “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone” (cf. Psalm 118). Jesus Christ the Cornerstone has risen, indeed!

We celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!

The fact that this year’s Easter Sunday falls on April 1 should not cause anyone to be fooled by the great message of hope emanating from the empty tomb.

Having spent 40 days of Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for the sacred Triduum celebrations of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we now rejoice in his victory over sin and death.

By this one great act of redemption, he has freed us from the lasting effects of sinful pride and disobedience. The Risen Christ has broken the chains of evil that sought to bind us for all eternity in fear, guilt and shame. With Jesus Christ as our cornerstone, we need not live in the shadows of darkness. We have been set free from the slavery of sin.

The significance of Easter is so incredible that it takes us 50 days, 10 more days than our Lenten days of preparation, to pull out all the stops of rejoicing in this Good News of Salvation.

I pray that this Easter Season may be rich in divine grace, peace, hope and joy for everyone throughout our archdiocese.

The Lord has risen. Alleluia! To him be the power and the glory now and forever.

Blessings in Christ,

Archbishop Charles C. Thompson

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