of the Resurrection 2014
brethren and dearest sons and daughters in the Court of Saint Mary of
Walsingham, grace, peace, and our Apostolic Blessing be with each of
you on this glorious day, the Sunday of the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Christus resurgens! Christus resurgens est! Though we commemorate
this every year, we never tire of it, for it is a living thing that
we experience and not a mere historical commemoration. If we stood
there with Christ on the Cross on Good Friday, then we are assured
this day of the promises of Christ in the Resurrection. May we all
strive to be worthy of those promises.
who are called to serve our Lord and His Holy Church through this
Patriarchate have accepted a vocation of mission, service, and
charity. We have accepted a vocation that puts us in a posi-tion like
that of Stephen, our glorious Patron. We wander an often-hostile
world, spreading the Gospel of Our Lord, serving not only our Holy
Mother the Church, the Bride of Christ, but also the true treasures
of the Church, the poor and marginalized people of the world. It was
blessed Stephen's fellow Levite Lawrence who, when his captors
demanded to be shown the treasures of the Church that he was
understood to safeguard, took them to see the poor, declaring them to
be the true treasures of the Church.
Those of us who live our vocation in this Patriarchate have a
heritage to maintain. We are one of the guardians of the living
history of the Holy Roman Empire, following the belief that all
Christian people should be governed in a manner consistent with the
supreme laws of Christ. We also maintain the history of Christian
chivalry. Indeed, we could not carry out our mission without the
hundreds of faithful and devoted Knights, Dames, and Nobles who carry
out our mandate of mission, service, and charity around the world
each and every day. This is our true legacy. Not even the en-tire
hosts of critical vipers to plague every person who seeks to do good
can stop us. It is our liturgy, the Anglo-Roman liturgy so pre-cious
to our heritage, that ties all of our work and indeed all of us
together. Against the power of Christ on the Cross, no one can stand!
us once again thank the scores of our faithful Knights and Ladies in
diverse Orders who serve not us, but the Lord. The nobility of the
world has an obligation to serve the Church and serve humanity. It is
our solemn duty to encourage and to enable this.
thank also our dedicated clergy and religious who celebrate the
Sacraments and share the grace of our Lord. This is essential to
those who carry out our mandate of mission, service, and charity. It
is equally essential to those who receive the benefits of our work.
Also, we especially offer our prayers to those who are currently
pur-suing a vocation in the seminary, and to those who are discerning
a vocation. May God guide you on your journey!
now as We send you once again out into the world, remember it is not
truly We who send you, but our Lord. May the blessing of Almighty
God, the Father +, the Son +, and the Holy + Ghost, be upon you and
remain with you always. R. Amen.
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