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 Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia.  

The season of Lent is coming to an end; the days are getting longer, the sun is getting warmer, and signs of new life are starting to appear all around us.  For Christians, the season of Lent is meant to get us ready to receive new life, and in particular the new life that we experience in the resurrection of Jesus that we celebrate on Easter Day.  

As we near the end of Lent, the journey of Holy Week draws us deeper into the story of God and God’s profound love for the world. We will journey through the events of Palm Sunday and Maundy Thursday when our emotions will range from gleeful joy to humble wonder to dark sadness. Good Friday will bring us to the broken, pain-filled sorrow of death.  

On Easter Day, the resurrection of Jesus Christ reveals God’s gift to us in the truth of the new life of Jesus: the truth that God is a God of love who walks with us and brings us to a place of wholeness, a place of possibility, a place of new life. New life that is grounded in hope and compassion. New life that is deeply connected to God’s love and passionate about sharing that love with the world. New life that reveals God’s justice in ways that transform not only our lives, but the whole world.   As your Rector and friend, this is my prayer for you, that your lives will also be transformed by the new life of Jesus, by God’s justice, by God’s love and passion, by this truth:  

Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia.      

Grace and Peace in the name of the One who has been raised,

Rev. Sandra Hounsell-Drover, Incumbent St. Mark’s, Barriefield