2016 Easter Pastoral Letter

Lent 2016

Dear Friends In Christ,

With the dawn of Easter the Christian Church once again realizes anew the greatest joy of faith. The preparation of Lent and the horror of Holy Week breaks with the celebration of new life — the Saviour is risen!

We celebrate the newness of life at Easter. Jesus’ Resurrection is the climax of the Christian year and represents the way God would have us be. It is the rising again of our Lord that is the foundation of faith giving meaning to our past and hope for our future as individuals and as the People of God.

At Christ Church Cathedral, we join in celebration with the whole Church of the Risen Christ at this most important time. The schedule of worship and other events for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter follows or check our Calendar.

Passion/Palm Sunday  (20 March)
8:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist
10:00 a.m. Liturgy of the Palms, Holy Eucharist and Dramatic Passion
11:45 a.m. Blessing of Palms and Come Worship Eucharist

5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist *

5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist *

10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist *
7:30 p.m. Tenebrae – Liturgy of Shadows (Traditional)

Maundy Thursday
11:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist, Renewal of Ministry Vows and Blessing of Oils
5:45 p.m. Maundy Thursday Shared Meal (Memorial Hall) Please sign up
7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist and the Stripping of the Sanctuary

Good Friday
10:00 a.m. Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Easter Eve
8:00 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day
10:30 a.m. Holy Baptism and Eucharist

* The 5:30 p.m. Eucharist on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy week will be preceded by said evening prayer beginning at 5:00 p.m.. Please feel free to enter and join in the saying of the Office as you arrive.

My hope and prayer is that during this holy time you find blessing and meaning in walking the way of the Cross, more conscious of time with family and friends and, making this season a true celebration of the joy of our salvation and the Resurrection that brings life to the world.

Sincerely and faithfully yours,





Geoffrey Hall (The Very Rev’d), Dean of Fredericton

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