A Message from the Dean of Christchurch

Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral.

Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

In company with Christians all around the world the Cathedral is celebrating Easter, the dawn of a new creation in Christ. Our worship resounds with alleluias and the beautiful music of Easter, laden with joy and hope. The building is bursting with flowers as we proclaim the risen Christ who is our life, and who has defeated the power of death. We would love you to drop in to pray, and to spend time with God.

John’s Gospel opens by describing Jesus as the Word-Made Flesh. That Word was God; the very Word that God spoke at the dawn of time through which the world came into being. On Christmas Day we celebrate that Word coming to us in a whole human life, in the person of Jesus Christ, so that God could speak to us on our level and in our language. On Good Friday it looked as if that Word had been silenced when Jesus died on the cross. On Easter Day that Word speaks again. St John tells us the first to encounter the risen Jesus is Mary. She hears a Word that is only Love, full of grace and truth. The risen Christ calls Mary by name. She recognises the voice of the Good Shepherd and responds with love from the depth of her heart. She discovers Christ is given back to us by God as a loving and forgiving presence.

In these days of post terror attack here in Christchurch and in Sri Lanka, the healing love and peace of the risen Christ is needed more than ever to restore what is broken. In this Cathedral we are seeking to live into the resurrection by responding to evil with good, by sharing the love and peace of the Risen Christ with all who come through our doors. You are very welcome to drop in, to pray, to spend time in quiet reflection, to join in with the many services offered daily. Our prayer is that the risen Christ may speak to you this Easter.

May God bless you and keep you, and may the peace of the risen Christ fill your heart. Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

The Very Rev’d Lawrence Kimberley,  Dean of Christchurch

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