Resurrection of Christ
Meditation and Reflection

He is risen! Hallelujah! Let us speak more about the Resurrection of Christ

Could it be true? He is risen? Who moved the stone? Evil has been overcome? Death has lost its sting? Creation is restored? The Messianic promise has been fulfilled?

Fairy tales and nonsense. Fiction and myth. Delusion and psychological crutch.

We no longer live in a world where carpenters get resurrected – even those from Nazareth. The most seismic preternatural event in the history of mankind and the most crucial celebration in the Christian calendar has become just another day for a lie in, for gardening, for football, or maybe a barbecue and a bit of DIY. Not even the reconciling fellowship of Christ and the coming of his eschatological kingdom can beat munching choccy eggs through five hours of Ben-Hur. And if you don’t fancy that, E.T.’s bound to be on. Or Oliver! Or maybe Muppet Mania.

God is dead. It is time to grow up, become enlightened, take responsibility and put aside childish fantasies and superstition. And if God isn’t quite dead, he is but one in the state’s official pantheon; no more than merely equal to the false prophets and idolatrous gods of the non-believer.

Telling the truth is a task entrusted to Christ’s disciples. We have been told the truth about Jesus, and so we must tell the truth to the world. Adam chose sin and died. Christ was raised from the dead, and so all are made alive: ‘we believe that Jesus died and rose again.’ Forget your ecclesial quibbles and petty doctrinal squabbles – God raised Jesus from the dead. Christians all believe that, or they are not Christian. But we need to live it. Everything else is utterly, utterly puny and petty. The Resurrection is power: ‘For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance..’ A single breath redeemed the whole of humanity. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. Just think about that. We can know the Creator here and now, for His promise is fulfilled. The Resurrection is God’s righteousness: ‘Behold I make all things new.’

Today is the day to remember and proclaim that Jesus is not merely equal to Moses, Mohammed, Krishna, Buddha or Guru Nanak. Christus Victor: the Resurrection of Christ split history in two; it divided BC from AD. All the other prophets are dead and in their tombs, but Jesus is alive. Hallelujah!

Let the whole earth resound with the joy of that event 2,000 years ago. He is risen indeed! Hallelujah! Just as God delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and brought them to the Promised Land, so He delivered mankind from sin and death that we might have eternal life. The blood of the first Passover which spared Israel’s firstborn foreshadows the second Passover and the Lamb who died that we might be born again. This is cosmic stuff – literally, the cosmos will be reborn.

To have mourned at the Cross, despaired at the death, wept at the graveside, and then to have met the Risen Christ must have been an inexpressible joy. The Church needs to speak more of this joy. And not just speak, but radiate. Yes, the Church needs to walk in the resurrection power of Christ, such that the world may wonder and marvel at the peace, love and light in our eyes. It is liberation, salvation and hope. Who prefers division and isolation over communion and communication? Who on earth would choose death and disintegration over the life-giving Spirit?

Jesus is alive! Joy to the world! He is risen! Hallelujah!

  • Anna

    Christ is risen! And He lives forever and ever! May the peace of the risen Christ fill your hearts.

  • Andrew Holt

    He is risen indeed! “Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son. Endless is the victory Thou o’er death has won.”

  • Holger

    If you want modern man to believe your fairytale, why tell it in obsolete Early Modern English?

    The present perfect of the verb to rise hasn’t been conjugated with the auxiliary to be since the start of the 18th century. A few of the more snobbish authors like Jane Austen still used it at the end of that century, but only as a way of distinguishing themselves and their class from the hoi polloi.

    Yet another piece of evidence that Christians are pretentious and backwards-looking reactionaries obsessed by the idea that they’re different from – and better than – everyone else.

    If you could prove that your messiah had 2, or 5, or 9 lives then it might be correct to say “Christ has risen”. As it is, you can’t even provide any evidence for a single life, let alone multiples thereof. Perhaps that’s why you insist on using obsolete grammar to express your religious myths. It adds to the general air of mystery and legend, which in the absence of any verifiable fact is pretty much all you have to cling to.

    • Sarky

      Holger, you and I are no great fans of Christianity. However, i think we both understand that today is the most important day in the christian calendar . So how about we give it a rest for today??

      • Holger

        Givest thou no quarter to thine enemy, o ye of sardonic habitude.

        See, I too can play the Christian game of tarting up banalities in obsolete forms of English to make them sound more impressive and profound.

        By all means let them impose their made-up anniversary on you. Treat it with respect and talk about it in hushed tones. By doing so, you play by rules they determine. Why give them that level of control?

        My terrace overlooks the apse of a church frequented by a particularly unpleasant group of ultra-right wing Christian bigots who support the Manif pour tous. If I orient the speakers of my sound system at just the right angle and open the terrace doors, the sound bounces off a flying buttress and is reflected onto a rattly old stained glass window that acts as a surprisingly efficient amplifier. Whatever I’m playing at virtually any volume can, I’m told, be heard quite clearly inside the church.

        I can see the last stragglers rushing into Mass as I type. My iPod is connected and on this pleasant morning I think it might be rather jolly to listen to something a bit lively. I’m thinking of a particular mix that starts with “Sex Bomb” by Tom Jones, then continues with “Anaconda” by Nikki Minaj, “Love to Love You” by Donna Summer, and “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. There follow several more frank and explicit tracks (uncensored versions, of course) before it ends with “Imagine” by John Lennon.

        What do you think – shall I put it on?

        • len

          Hate has no rest Holger?.

          • Holger

            I have to agree with you. You never cease to spit hatred and contempt my way, even on Easter Sunday.

            Did you at least stop fulminating long enough to chow down on the flesh and blood of your saviour? Or the booze that symbolises his blood and the baked goods that symbolise his flesh? After all, Christ is risen. That’s at 180 degrees in a medium oven for 40 minutes or so…

            Egg or milk glaze? And a sprinkle of sugar? Or is he more of a savoury treat?

        • William Lewis

          Happy Easter, Holger. He is risen indeed!

          • Holger

            Hmmm … an adjective starting with “ris” … what could it be? Risky, perhaps? Risque? Ah no, I have it! Risible!

            Yes, that’s it. Could there be a more perfect description of this mythical Christ personage you worship?

          • William Lewis

            How desperate your comments are today. So sad. So pitiful.

        • Mike Stallard

          Like all non believers – too long, too much and too clever.
          Rejoice for heaven’s sake! Vinegar traps few flies!

        • Anton

          You could always join them.

        • The Explorer

          Wouldn’t have thought ‘Je t’aime’ would have had appeal for you. That’s interesting.

        • chefofsinners

          Do you do requests?
          A couple for the Chef if you will:
          The French national anthem… La Mayonnaise I think it’s called.
          And Edith Piaf ordering a salad with no dressing… Je ne vinaigrette rien.

          • Holger

            You know there are moments when I regret the non-existence of god. Having no-one to whom an oath can be proferred when some intellectually subnormal oaf cracks yet another one of his incessant, tired and unfunny “jokes” is one of those occasions.

            I have to admit that under such circumstances, Christians have an advantage over me. They can accept the sovereign right of their small-minded, contrary and arrogant deity to download a minimally functional operating system into the inert lump of meat that posts here under the name of “chiefofsinners” and be satisfied that it must all be part of some inscrutable divine plan.

            It’s a terrible realisation for Atheists when we come to understand that the random splicing of genes can just as easily produce a cross-eyed dimwit as an Einstein or a Shakespeare. Under such circumstances, who would ever have children? OK, you might end up with a genius. But you might also end up with a leering jack-in-the-box. Who would take the risk?

      • chefofsinners

        To be honest, this day of all days, nothing anyone can say will make the slightest difference. Happy Easter, Sarky.

    • Anton

      And a Happy Easter to you, too.

    • chefofsinners

      We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.

      • Holger

        In other words, be careful or the devil’ll getcha, eh?

        Pompous git. If something has meaning it doesn’t need to be dressed up in flowery and obsolete language.

        • Mike Stallard

          And I suppose you feel exactly the same about William Shakespeare? Or our host’s namesake?

        • chefofsinners

          It is scripture, King James Version. 2 Peter 1:19. Forgive me if I overestimated your intellect. I expect it happens to you a lot.
          The meaning is that we know Christ is the Son of God because of fulfilled prophecy. Think on it and the truth may dawn on you.

          • Holger

            You know Christ is the son of god because you read it in a book, you mean. Right, I see. Because everything you read in books is true, is it?

            Credulous as well as gullible. What a combination. No wonder your churches are in the state they’re in.

          • Inspector General

            Something extraordinary happened in Judea around then. And it got around, slowly but surely . A few years later, Pilate was summonsed to the emperor. Tiberius himself wanted to know what was going on and why Pilate was executing Jewish holy men. He never went back to Judea, probably relieved of his command. It was easy to do. Pilate was not of aristocratic status which would arouse the interest of the Senate, but only an officer in the army – a Prefect. A hard man appointed to a troublesome area.

          • Anna055

            That’s interesting …. What is the source please?

          • Inspector General

            Chambers Biographical Dictionary. Wiki seems to have Pilate wrong. Stating that he was summonsed to ‘Rome’ whereas Tiberius had been in Capri for 10 years. He did not commute. Also, Wiki has Pilate arriving in Italy just after the death of Tiberius, which is quite an achievement as it is accepted that Pilate predeceased Tiberius. Wiki uses for a source Josephus.

          • Anna055

            Thanks!

          • Inspector General

            As a schoolboy reading the subject, one was never convinced they ever had the correct year. We use ‘year of the Lord’, the Romans since the founding of Rome but most confusingly of all was the local calendar used by the conquered which the Romans were forced to consider in order to interact with their subjects. Which ever year it was these writers were using depended on where they were resident and must have been anyone’s guess at the time.

          • Inspector General

            The problem was the start of year. For us, it is the day after the winter equinox, although it’s moved a little. For the Romans, it was probably 1st March. As Sep to December is literally the 7th to 10th month. For a local calendar, who knows. Maybe when berries turn red, the first harvest, or some mythical creation date the
            people believed in. The minimum error is likely to be 1 year, possibly more, which explains much.

          • Anna055

            Thanks!

          • Anton
          • chefofsinners

            Do try to pay attention. Prophecy, lots of it, in minute and accurate detail, made hundreds and thousands of years before, fulfilled in ways that could not have been anticipated.
            So, how do you know Christ is not the Son of God?

            The more you talk, the more I think you will be in heaven, Linus. Covered by God’s gracious provision for those who lack the intellectual capacity to understand.

    • Urgleboo

      “The book is red” / “The red book” — Red is an adjective.

      “Christ is risen” / “The risen Christ” — Risen is here, in modern English, acting as an adjective.

      And “the hoi polloi” is tautologous. Don’t worry. I understand your deliberate mistake: it was surely born of the desire to signal to all that you would never lay claim to any understanding of pretentious and obsolete Greek. That is for snobs. Far better to use the idiom of the masses.

      Happy Easter to you 🙂

      • Holger

        So if risen is being used as an adjective, it implies that Christ is a baked product.

        So did you use yeast or baking powder? And how many eggs?

        Bake your own messiah, eh? An interesting take on religion…

    • Royinsouthwest

      The English language is rather more sophisticated than you think. “Is risen” has certain connotations that are lacking in “has risen,” and transcends time.

      Furthermore this can be grasped by people regardless of their level of education, unlike the banalities of many critics of Christianity or the turgid sociological prose of those critics who imagine themselves to be intellectuals.

      • Mike Stallard

        Last night I had the pleasure of worshipping in the pew behind a family from Kerala in the South of India. The servers were a complete cross section of the peoples of the world. The chalice was administered by a Nigerian. Behind me was a widow from Ireland. Two Irish travellers were welcomed into the church and we all clapped. If you have ever actually been to a church, you will know that the Christian family is composed of all sorts and conditions of men and women. And, I suppose, we all get our special blessings too.

        • Royinsouthwest

          Of course I have been to church. I attended a packed and inspiring service in Devon this morning. My comment, above, was made in reply to Holger’s typical carping.

          • Mike Stallard

            Let me first of all agree with you about Holgar, If I remember rightly isn’t she someone out of a Norse myth? Is it actually Beowulf? I forget. Sorry about the non Church remark – I thought I was fighting for my life on Labour List for a second!

          • Pubcrawler

            Holger Danske.

            Our Linus has a habit of picking userIDs that are references to fictional/literary characters who die and either have returned or will return from the dead. I suppose it amuses him.

          • Royinsouthwest

            He will be calling himself King Arthur next.

          • Pubcrawler

            Queen Arthur, more like.

          • betteroffoutofit

            Not in my “Beowulf”!
            However, I suggest one AKA ‘Ogier the Dane’ – to be found in froggie stuff: “Song of Roland.”

          • chefofsinners

            He’ll be thinking of Hrothgar.

  • betteroffoutofit

    “Jesus is alive! Joy to the world! He is risen! Hallelujah!” – Amen, Your Grace!
    Especially: “Happy Easter” to you and to your communicants.

  • 1649again

    Well said Your Grace. He is risen indeed and all other things are minor in comparison.

  • Peasant Farmer

    Happy Easter to all.

    My wife and I enjoyed watching this last night, surprisingly good.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08ly9fq/fern-brittons-holy-land-journey

  • michaelkx

    Jesus is alive! Joy to the world! He is risen! Hallelujah! Amen

  • CliveM

    Went to bed grumpy. The intro to an “Easter Special” featured the use of the f word and a slang reference to a part of a woman’s body . Easter special indeed!

    Shut off the TV.

    However today we remember He is Risen. For those who believe, joyful news. Hallelujah!

    • Anton

      Time to heave the TV out of a high window in best rock-group-on-tour fashion. Or at least stop paying the license fee and use it only for DVDs. I can personally recommend that course.

      • dannybhoy

        a) you could get arrested for that and
        b) you could try being more discriminating in what programmes you
        watch.
        We don’t view any soaps, any serials, nor ‘Britain Lacks Talent’ Ant ‘n Dec stuff, Michael McIntyre, the loathsome Mrs Brown, etc etc.
        We do watch nature programmes, Countryfile, Songs of Praise (sometimes), current affairs, old Morse’s, Lewis’s, Frasier’s and the occasional good film.
        And a lot of DVD’s…

        • Mike Stallard

          I thought I was alone in doing that! (without the DVDs).

          • dannybhoy

            Most sensible people prefer discrimination to evacuation….
            We watch a mixture of fillums and Christian dvds.

          • Anton

            Whatever made you think I was sensible?

        • Anton

          I am very discriminating indeed in what I watch on TV. Nothing. The time available for reading is wonderful and more than outweighs the few good programmes, while live sport is best watched communally in the local Sky pub.

      • len

        Seriously thinking of doing just that!.

      • Ray Spring

        I knew a friend who was talking to her husband. He was watching TV and grunting. So, she went to the shed, selected a sharp axe, and chopped the set in half. It blew up, the CRT also blew up. It is safer today with plasma screens. Less bang.

        • Anton

          But less fun.

        • Martin

          Ray

          The CRT would have blown in, since it is a vacuum tube.

      • CliveM

        In fairness it wasn’t the BBC.

    • David

      My advice is to sever yourself from that brainwashing, globalist and deeply anti-British, and even more anti-Christain propaganda machine. Make the break and you will be happier !

      • CliveM

        Cleansing my soul by walking on the south coastal way. It’s a lovely day for it.

        • David

          Sounds great. Nature is one of God’s balms. Enjoy your contemplative walk.

  • Jon Sorensen

    This sounds oddly familiar… didn’t we just celebrate the resurrection of Attis after been dead for three days on Hilaria on 25 March?

    • Anton

      You might have done. I didn’t.

      • Jon Sorensen

        Sorry there are so many risen saviours that I get confused who celebrates and which one…

        • Anton

          I don’t.

        • Martin

          Jon

          No there aren’t.

          • Sarky

            How do you explain mark 6 14-16?

          • Martin

            Sarky

            Explain what.

          • Sarky

            That Herod believed john to be raised from the dead i.e. this belief was common place at the time and therefore it is no surprise that it was also attributed to jesus.

          • Martin

            Sarky

            And the reason a seal and guard were placed at Jesus’ tomb was that there was a suspicion, on the part of the Jewish leaders that the disciples would steal his body and claim He had risen. So the idea was not uncommon. So what.

          • Sarky

            It was a common myth and jesus was just another.

          • Martin

            Sarky

            Except that Jesus really did rise from the dead and there were witnesses to that fact who are documented.

          • Sarky

            In the bible. Where are the independent witnesses?? You would have thought it would be well documented if true.

          • Martin

            Sarky

            You forget, each book of the Bible is separate, we have four separate gospels, independent of each other.

          • Sarky

            Which contradict eachother. The nativity is a prime example.
            Just google bible contadictions…you might be surprised.

          • Martin

            Sarky

            No, they don’t contradict each other, despite the feeble attempts of sites such as the one you quote to show they do.

            What might be amusing is for you to produce what you claim is the best contradiction. They’re usually pretty easy to demolish.

          • Sarky

            In at least three places in Romans alone the Apostle Paul says that we are saved by faith alone without works (Romans 3:20, 28; 5:1).
            But when we turn to James 2:25 we read: A man is justified by works, and not by faith only (James 2:24).

          • Martin

            Sarky

            If you read James more carefully you will see he is saying that works are the evidence of that saving faith, not the cause.

  • Cressida de Nova

    Blessings and Joy…Wishing everyone a Happy Easter !

  • Anton

    Let’s do it every day!

    • Some Catholics do everyday; others once a week. It’s known as celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of Mass

  • Jim Youngman

    Jesus is alive! And so are Krishna, Buddha and Muhammad. The words of Moses are ritually taken from the cupboard for adoration just as the Guru Granth Sahib is ritually tucked in bed at the end of the day. Christians are not alone in breathing life into their avatar. We are at-one with other religions. Hallelujah! Joy to the world, the world is one!

    • Anton

      How many ways are there to pronounce “wind up”?

      • Mike Stallard

        I was tricked, I must admit. I was just going to write that you may include them: shame they do not include you!
        Now I won’t.

      • Ivan M

        It’s that bugger Linus/Holger again.

    • len

      Jesus is alive !. You can visit the tombs of Krishna, Buddha and Muhammad because their religions are of the dead.

    • chefofsinners

      Young man, are you listening to me?
      I said, young man, what do you want to be?
      I said, young man, you can make real your dreams
      But you got to know this one thing
      No man does it all by himself
      I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf
      And just go there, to the Y.M.C.A
      I’m sure they can help you today…

      • Ivan M

        I have reason to believe that said Youngman has already made the rounds of the YMCA, though not for spiritual enlightenment.

  • IanCad

    Amen! Amen! A wonderful message YG. The substance of our faith is Christ and Him risen!

    If any here missed a Resurrection service, BBCR4 came through with this morning’s broadcast from Norwich Cathedral. Robust, joyful and uplifting. An affirmation of our faith and a testimony that Christianity has not yet vanished from our nation.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08m93mg
    Joy to all.

    • dannybhoy

      Mm, I listened to that in the shower…

    • Peasant Farmer

      Enjoyed that post lunch.

      I assumed all Bishops held to a sort of vague universalism. Statements such as ‘eternal life to all who believe’ will have to be edited out of the liturgy surely?!

  • Royinsouthwest

    Meanwhile the Devil is still at work.

    Pakistan army foils major terrorist attack on Easter Sunday
    https://www.apnews.com/8d07ec2139e04fbab8a65e24e2f94e79/Pakistan-army-foils-major-terrorist-attack-on-Easter-Sunday

    Pakistan’s military says security forces foiled a “major terrorist attack” on minority Christians when they killed a militant and detained his associate in the eastern city of Lahore.

    More people for us to remember in our prayers.

    • Merchantman

      In Jesus is the Victory.

  • len

    Jesus is alive. The tomb is empty. Death could not hold him.
    Eternal Life is IN Christ Jesus ,

    If we died with Him, we will live with Him..Hallelujah!

  • Dreadnaught

    I rather like Easter; I can walk round the shops on what would be a work day without having Noddy Holder bellowing ‘It’s Crissss-miiiiiisss‘ as soon as I step through the doors.

    • dannybhoy

      Token cynic..

      • Dreadnaught

        Seriously, I respect the significance of this time of year for Christians. Happy Easter Dan and all the usual suspects,

  • dannybhoy

    Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son, endless is the victory, thou o’er death hast won!
    Alleluia!
    Whatever your theology, coherent or (ahem), cobbled together; I wish everyone a joyous Easter Sunday and may we each draw closer o our Risen Lord in the days ahead..

  • He is risen indeed! Halleluiah!
    Thank you, your Grace.

  • David

    Hallelujah ! He is Risen — He is Risen Indeed ! Hallelujah !
    Our dawn service, with 35 of the faithful present was truly moving.
    Using partly, Orthodox imagery and liturgy, our vicar skilfully led us form outside, in the garden, and at the first break of the day’s light we processed inside, lit the candles and then the electric lights.
    My sermon started by describing the ancient Easter Sunday dawn service at the tomb of Christ, in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, from where the holy flame is carried outwards by runners to all of Jerusalem’s churches, until the whole city is a blaze of light. It is a sign to the whole Christian world that truly He is Risen !
    Have a happy and Christ filled Easter everyone.

    • dannybhoy

      Sounds wonderful!

  • Politically__Incorrect

    Halleluhah! Easter Day is a wonderful reminder that thanks to Christ, we don’t have to depend on the unreliable crutches of human rationalism. Each one of us has received a gift that is beyond what man can provide. We only have to acknowledge it and accept it. Peace and blessings to our host and all his communicants.

  • Guglielmo Marinaro

    “I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen.”

    Happy Easter to everyone – Buona Pasqua a tutti quanti.

    • A Happy Easter, Guglielmo.

      • Guglielmo Marinaro

        Thank you. A Happy Easter to you too.

  • Mike Stallard

    The Catholic liturgy for Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil can be splendid. Darkness is brought into light as the church fills at evening time with the light from all the congregation’s candles.
    When I was in Africa, the priest left the nave for the vestry, excitedly turning off the lights and leaving us all in expectant darkness…
    When the procession returned with the Easter light (no fire for some reason), his face was a picture: the Church was flooded with electric light because a kind Christian man had turned all the lights back on!

  • Pubcrawler

    Χριστὸς ἀνέστη!

    Christ is risen from the dead,
    Trampling down death by death,
    And upon those in the tombs
    Bestowing life!

    http://1389blog.com/pix/paschal-greeting-rubberstamp.jpg

    *heads back to his Byzantine chant and his kitchen*

  • Happy Easter, one and all.

    My granddaughter was Baptised this morning – in an Episcopalian Church. Solid minister and a wonderful occasion. Please say a pray for her in this darkening world of ours.

    Some pictures:

    http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/lucy-christine-becomes-friend-of-jesus.html

    • Cressida de Nova

      I have left a comment. Happy Easter Jack !

    • carl jacobs

      Episcopalian? Like in the States?

      • Going that way, Carl. Like all Anglicans, there are a variety of beliefs and theologies in the Scottish Episcopalian Church. However, the minister baptising Lucy is an Anglo-Catholic. Jack vetted him carefully, you can be sure of that. On the up-side, all baptisms following the correct form, are valid – and that’s what matters.

        • carl jacobs

          Jack vetted him carefully, you can be sure of that.

          The Imprimitur of Jack has been affixed. 😀

          Happy Easter, Jack.

          • Not quite, but he’s on the right path. Jack has given him a copy of Anglicanorum Coetibus.

            Happy Easter, Carl.

        • Martin

          HJ

          The only way for a baptism to be valid is if the person baptised has been born again. Neither the form nor the person performing the baptism are relevant.

        • Anton

          There certainly is a variety of beliefs and theologies in the Scottish Episcopalian Church, some of them brought to our attention recently on this very blog after the Provost of Glasgow Episcopal Cathedral disgracefully arranged a reading of part of the Quran in a service there.

          • Jack isn’t defending Scottish Episcopalianism – God forbid. They’re no better nor worse than other members of the Anglican commune, just a few more years down an inevitable road.

          • Anton

            That was really a point of information I was making, to remind readers. Frankly I think that the coming persecution will purify the churches, and meld them into one church by lopping off the separate hierarchies.

        • bluedog

          Great Scott! Does this imply acceptance of Anglican Orders? Did the sky darken?

          • Lol ….
            Any person can validly baptise, one doesn’t have to be ordained to administer this sacrament. Whether it’s licit or not, is another matter. The Catholic Church accepts the baptism of all Christian churches that follow the correct rubrics.

          • Lucius

            The Orthodox Church accepted my baptism in a (very traditional) Episcopal Church. However, I suspect the Orthodox Church’s position may change, if it has not already, given the implosion of the Episcopal Church in America.

          • bluedog

            Can you provide chapter and verse that substantiates your claim about Catholic acceptance of non-Catholic baptism? There’s a specific case at hand in which the info would be invaluable. Looking forward to your reply.

          • It’s covered in paragraph 1271 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
            http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p2s2c1a1.htm

            And also in the Canon Law of the Church:
            http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/__P2U.HTM

            The Code of Canon Law states:

            Every person not yet baptised and only such a person is able to be baptised.
            (Canon 864)

            Here’s what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about baptism:

            Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated.
            (Catechism, paragraph 1272)

            In other words, baptism (the first time) marks a person out as belonging to Christ. It is a consequence of this marking (the “seal” of Baptism) that a person is made part of the Body of Christ, purified from original sin, and given justifying and sanctifying grace:

            Canon 869 §1. If there is a doubt whether a person has been baptised or whether baptism was conferred validly and the doubt remains after a serious investigation, baptism is to be conferred conditionally.

            [That is, the priest is required to carry out a thorough investigation, and if after that the priest has any reason at all to believe that the person might possibly have been baptised, he is to give only a conditional baptism—saying not “I baptise you” but instead, effectively “If you haven’t been baptised, I baptise you.”]

            Canon 869 §2. Those baptised in a non-Catholic ecclesial community must not be baptised conditionally unless, after an examination of the matter and the form of the words used in the conferral of baptism and a consideration of the intention of the baptised adult and the minister of the baptism, a serious reason exists to doubt the validity of the baptism.

            [If someone has been baptised by another Christian denomination, they’re presumed to have been baptised validly, and thus will not be re-baptised at all – even conditionally – unless there is serious reason to believe that the Catholic Church doesn’t recognise that baptism as valid.]

            Canon 869 §3. If in the cases mentioned in §§1 and 2 the conferral or validity of the baptism remains doubtful, baptism is not to be conferred until after the doctrine of the sacrament of baptism is explained to the person to be baptised, if an adult, and the reasons of the doubtful validity of the baptism are explained to the person or, in the case of an infant, to the parents.

            [So if the priest determines that the person has, or may have, already been baptised, he needs to explain to the adult baptised and or to the parents just exactly why the Church considers them already baptised, and why they’re going to be baptised conditionally or not at all. They have to understand what’s going on and why.]

          • bluedog

            Very many thanks, HJ. I’ll pass this on to my elder daughter who is considering having a child educated by the Jesuits, but has been told that baptised as an Anglican, he has to re-baptise as a Catholic.

          • Jack wishes you and your daughter well.

  • carl jacobs

    For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

    Christus Vincit. Christus Regnat. Christus Imperat.

  • John

    From my all-age talk today in a packed church with people aged 6 months to 90: “All the leaders of the world’s religions had some great ideas. You can learn a lot of good things by reading what they say. But they are all dead. You can visit their tombs and pay your respects where they’re buried. Not Jesus though. The tomb was empty. It still is. He is alive today. That’s why, with respect, only Jesus can give you eternal life.”

  • Inspector General

    Today is the day when Jesus finally realised whom he was. No more doubt or fear. He came through certain death much to our amazement and probably his own.. But he now knew he would be the Lord of Humanity for all time. Not here, on this earth, but from where he originated from. And he is there now.

    • Ah, the “angel of light” hath returned with his new “gospel”.

      • Pubcrawler

        It’s like having our very own pet Gnostic.

        • It seems he’s gone all Christadelphian now.

          • chefofsinners

            A man who has ‘the knowledge’ and an extreme opinion on everything…
            Is the Inspector a London taxi driver?
            Hanging’s too good for ’em.

          • He’s found his inner John Thomas.

          • chefofsinners

            It’s not a very impressive one. He should refrain from waving it around.

          • That’s smoking and whiskey for you.

          • Royinsouthwest

            Don’t you mean an Uber driver. as in Deutschland über alles? There is knowledge and there is higher knowledge, or über knowledge if you like.

          • Pubcrawler

            ex inspectore semper aliquid novi

          • Yes, a liquid certainly.

        • chefofsinners

          Ah, just like the old days, before the council of Nicea. I’m feeling all gnostalgic.

          • Anton

            Too much gnonsense around.

    • 1649again

      Inspector, it’s pretty clear from Jesus’ own words in the Gospels tat he knew exactly who he was and indeed he told his disciples not to reveal the truth to others until his mission was complete.

    • Inspector General

      Chaps, get your teeth into this. Comments, please.

      http://www.christadelphia.org/trinityhistory.php

      • What a John Thomas ….

        • Inspector General

          It remains a truism that personal abuse does not reinforce a fellow’s strong opinion of the subject. Indeed, it can be seen as a sign that said opinion is not as strong as the fellow would wish, and thus seeks to ward off his criticiser from probing too deep with veiled promise that the abuse could at any time erupt into violence should the need occur.

          • John Thomas was the founder of your new found Christadelphian “faith”.

          • Inspector General

            You believe in re-incarnation too? What else not in the bible do you believe in. The count so far is two.

          • The Christadelphian’s don’t believe in reincarnation, Inspector, nor does Happy Jack or Dodo the Dude.

          • Inspector General

            Where’s Len? The Inspector would like to know his thoughts on his faith being the result of Emperor Constantine saying to the church fathers “have your conference, but remember this. It is better for you if you come to a conclusion I agree with. Much better”.

          • Martin

            IG

            Fairy story.

          • The false narrative of Emperor Constantine has been beaten to death by anti-Catholics. At least you’ve dropped the claim of being Catholic.

            Let’s stick with your discovery of said John Thomas. When did you first discover this?

          • Inspector General

            Why would it be a false narrative? He was all powerful, and he seems to have pre dated Henry VIII who extolled all to come with him, and get to live. Not so much in the next world, but to continue to do so in the one here and now.

          • No, no, let’s here more on your Christadelphian “higher understandings”.

          • Lucius

            I think its a false narrative, but appeals to our love of conspiracy. See my comment to HJ above.

          • Lucius

            Concur. The whole Emperor Constantine “dictated” the “approved Faith ” to 1,800 Bishops at the First Council of Nicaea (325 AD) is patently absurd (although it makes for interesting fiction by playing to our love of conspiracy). The reality is that Christians were still being blood martyred and persecuted for the Faith in the early 4th Century. I find it hard to believe in this historical context, that the entire hierarchy of Christian leadership suddenly and universally capitulated to will of the Empire upon being summoned to Nicaea.

            The more probable scenario is Emperor Constantine was uninterested in particular matters of theology, but rather, was exclusively concerned with matters of Christian unity, as disunity spilled over into the public square. Hence, he summoned the entire hierarchy of Christendom to resolve internal doctrinal and Scriptural disputes, namely Arianism, in a peaceful forum through debate and discussion. The Arian position failed, which is why today Jesus is not considered some Thor-like demi-god, but rather, of one essence and being with the Father.

          • Well said, Lucius.

          • Anton

            Well spotted…

      • Martin

        Chapter 7. Concerning Baptism. And concerning baptism, baptize this way:
        Having first said all these things, baptize into the name of the Father, and of
        the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, in living water. But if you have no living
        water, baptize into other water; and if you cannot do so in cold water, do so in
        warm. But if you have neither, pour out water three times upon the head into the
        name of Father and Son and Holy Spirit. But before the baptism let the baptizer
        fast, and the baptized, and whoever else can; but you shall order the baptized
        to fast one or two days before. Didache c50-120AD

        My wife was brought up as a Christadelphian before she was saved.

        • Inspector General

          Not quite the Trinity, but clear that it’s on the way to…

          • Martin

            IG

            Of course it’s the Trinity, don’t be so silly.

      • Anton

        Inspector, the word “Trinity” might not be written in the New Testament but it makes clear that Jesus is divine and that the Holy Spirit is divine, and by “divine” I mean divine in the same sense as the universal Creator.

        Chapter and verse on request, but the point is that these are the same written sources from which we get all the information about Jesus Christ which you quote here. What are your grounds for accepting some scriptures and rejecting others?

        • The spirit of Johnnie Walker – black label.

          • Anton

            Do be fair to the Inspector. He drinks single malts.

      • chefofsinners

        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God…
        And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

        John’s gospel, chapter 1 verses 1 and 14.

      • carl jacobs

        When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Rev 1:17-18

        Who is this speaking, Inspector? Only God is called the First and the Last in Scripture. When did God die?

        • Merchantman

          Likewise he will come to us if He wills it.

      • IanCad

        I think they have it wrong Inspector. Apart from the New Testament texts cited above and below, a case for the Triune God can be inferred from The Shema (Deut. 6:4) In that verse He is declared to be One. The operative word is Echad which means a unity of one – not a singleness.

        • Anton

          A stronger hint is that ELOHIM, a word for God in OT Hebrew from Genesis onwards, is a plural (the ending -IM).

      • len

        Have just come upon this article Inspector, and it raises some very interesting points.

        Just to question some of the issues raised by this article (haven`t read the whole article yet) was enough for one to to end up at the stake.(especially if the RCC Inquisition got to hear of it)
        ‘The Trinity’ is a stumbling block to many and is partially behind the birth of Islam.
        Jesus said;
        ‘By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is
        just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.’ (John 5;30)

        But God can do anything?

        The Only thing that makes any sense(to me at least) Is that Jesus limited himself to operate as a man filled with the Holy Spirit but retained the knowledge of his true identity.

        Christ “emptied Himself” (Philippians 2:7)

        • len

          ‘This Christadlphinian thing’ seems to have got it wrong Inspector. Give it a miss IMO. Follow Jesus and His Teachings and you are on the right course though.

        • Inspector General

          Len. There is clear evidence that the Trinity is a construct to bring on board (former) Babylonian polydeist pagans. Could we be somewhere near solving what is the ‘Whore of Babylon’ one wonders. The evidence has of course been suppressed by mainstream Christianity and its suppression continues now under Jack et al.

          Jack and his cohorts act as beer mats under a pub table. Take them away and everything becomes shaky, as it would do if the foundations are not built from truth. The truth wins out every time. It must.

          And one has not become a Christadelphian. One merely inspects the thing.

          • len

            False religion is like house of cards.If you find one card to be false and remove it the whole house of cards comes down.
            That is why Jack( and some others) who will not question any of the doctrines they have been fed because they are scared the whole thing will come crashing down.
            But St Paul clearly states’,but test everything; hold fast what is good’ (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
            Jesus says ;’But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the
            truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears,
            and he will tell you what is yet to come’ (John 16:13)
            (Nothing about’ the church ‘ leading us into all truth)

            It is a love of the truth(biblical truth which preserves us from error.

    • carl jacobs

      Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple. John 8:54-59

      The Lord Jesus knew exactly who He was. And why did these men pick up stones to stone Him? Because they understood exactly what He had just said.

  • Lain Iwakura

    A very happy Easter to all. May all of our Good Fridays be transformed into Easter Sundays and all our darkness into light.

  • IanCad

    As this Holy Day draws to a close what could be more fitting than to see it out with some glorious music?
    Enjoy:

    • Anton

      I was in Kings College Chapel at the other end of Lent for the Ash Wednesday evening Communion at which Allegri’s Miserere is sung, with the amazing high note.

      • IanCad

        Lucky you!
        I bet there weren’t any plastic chairs.

        • Anton

          Not in the chancel, which I arrived early enough to get into. As for the nave, on the west side of the organ screen, there *are* removable individual chairs, but I can’t remember what they are made of.

          Every year that have a choirboy capable of hitting that high note – most years – they do Allegri’s Miserere at that service. This can be checked from the second week of January, when the term’s order of services in this chapel goes online.

      • A truly magnificent piece. Jack listens to it regularly, most especially when he is conscious of grievous sin.

        http://httpwwwmreman.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/miserere-mei-deus.html

        • Anton

          This year it was in Latin. I might be wrong but think that it has been in English on some previous occasions I have attended that service there.

          You know that Mozart smuggled the score out of the Vatican in his head having heard it just once there?

          • Jack knows. The Vatican should really get a legal team on it. Think of all the royalties that must be owed to the Church.

      • Pubcrawler
        • Anton

          When got wrong it is Murder on the High C’s.

  • Inspector General

    Fellows. How about we just be all Christians, without concerning ourselves with the mysteries. You know, just like the early Protestants originally asked for. You know, a personal journey through life with Christ and all that.

    • A Christian is one who accepts the basic Christian creed. You know, little things like:

      One God: Christianity is founded on the belief that there is one God composed of three distinct Persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are one as a Deity.

      Jesus, God’s Son: Jesus Christ is God’s Eternal Son and the only way to salvation and forgiveness of sins. Christians believe He came to earth, born of a virgin, was crucified, and rose from the dead in three days so that man’s sins could be forgiven once and for all.

      The Bible: Christians’ holy book, the Bible, is believed to be God’s inspired word, a historical document, and a guide for faithful living.

    • len

      If we all just followed Christ and His Teachings many disputes would disappear.

      • Lucius

        Which “disputes would disappear”? Homosexuality? I don’t think so. Not when some clergy employ the lack of direct condemnation of homosexuality in the Gospels as confirmation of its moral and spiritual approval by Jesus Christ. Women in the priesthood? Again, I don’t think so. Hereto, Scriptural interpretations differ. I have even seen arguments based in Scripture for the proposition abortion is not, in fact, murder, employing similar reasoning as those advancing homosexuality (e.g., the lack of direct condemnation must mean affirmation) or citing to Exodus 21:22-25.

        This interpretative chaos is part and parcel of a Bible that has become detached from the Church that bound it. The idea that each individual is his or her own Biblical interpretative authority gives rise to voluminous pet heresies, and this is only compounded in a consumerist Western society where everyone expects goods and services to be tailored to meet their needs. It’s how you end up with “liberal” churches, like Grace Cathedral (Episcopal) in San Francisco, CA proudly displaying and selling Icons of Harvey Milk, an American gay rights activist, and at the same time, “conservative” Churches, like Steadfast Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX, calling for homosexuals to be killed.

        It’s pure interpretative madness, and no matter where they fall on the spectrum of reasonableness, all claim they are just following Christ and His teachings based on their own view of Scripture. I can think of no other way to mitigate this insanity other than rejoining the Bible with THE Church that has been restored to a place of spiritual and Biblical authority (and not just a place for weekly Bible study sessions), unless you have some alternative suggestions.

        • Inspector General

          Militant homosexuality is currently being ripped apart by trans types. There are hordes of the things today and they all hang around Pink News and display themselves when needed. They actually make genuine homosexuals old school in comparison. One does think the queer uprising of the last few years will come to an end through it. That’s rather good news as the CoE can then concentrate on saving souls, not waving dodgy flags for others…

          • Lucius

            I just don’t know how the church, and in particular, the Episcopal Church (American Anglicanism), recovers. From its website:

            “The Episcopal Church has garnered a lot of attention, but with the help of organizations such as Integrity USA, the church has continued its work toward full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Episcopalians. In 2003, the first openly gay bishop was consecrated; in 2009, General Convention resolved that God’s call is open to all; in 2012, a provisional rite of blessing for same-gender relationships was authorized, and discrimination against transgender persons in the ordination process was officially prohibited; and in 2015, the canons of the church were changed to make the rite of marriage available to all people, regardless of gender.”

            http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/lgbt-church (for your viewing pleasure)

            It seems the Episcopal Church has hitched its wagon to the LGBT horse. Not sure this paste can be put back in the tube.

          • Inspector General

            That vine is dead unfortunately. Secateurs needed…

            All we can hope is that the CoE learns from it’s demise. You’re not an American Anglican chap are you? If so, one’s commiserations. It must be like a bereavement to you. Do you know, if this were normal times, we would expect our church to be there to bury US, not the other way round.

          • Lucius

            It was the Church of my youth. It exploded. I was estranged from any church and in a bit of spiritual wilderness trying to figure it all out on my own. In other words, I became the sole priest and parishioner of the Church of Lucius for a time. Then our Lord and Savior found this wandering sheep and brought me back home to The One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Orthodox Church (although I recognize other good Christians, many of whom would make a better Orthodox Christian than me, may hold good faith differences of opinion here).

          • Jack holds great respect for the Orthodox Church. However, their practise on divorce and remarriage trouble him, as do their somewhat shifting position on artificial contraception.

  • Uplifting Easter homily from the Rev’d Dr Ashenden here:

    • David

      Yes it was very good indeed. He has a gift as a teacher, going straight to the heart of any matter.

      • He should have a little slot on the BBC to balance out the all the bias they have for other religions and the degrading tripe they put on.

        • David

          That would bring many of us here back to watching television again, but this side of the revolution it isn’t going to happen, sadly.

  • Paul Greenwood

    I am a bit concerned Your Grace that they have found the lead-lined coffins of some of your colleagues. I am astounded that Canterbury does not know where Archbishops are interred. Seems a bit of an oversight for Canterbury

    • Anton

      Canterbury is meant to provide oversight!

      • Paul Greenwood

        Quite !

  • magnolia

    They are not there, they are risen. Well we have a sure and certain hope that they are, at the very least!