The Anglican Church of Canada
39 Articles of Religion
IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
“Christ did truly rise again from death, and took again his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man’s nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he returns to judge all Men at the last day.”
Reflection: A week ago we celebrated the Resurrection of Christ. A Part of our liturgy was the renewal of our Baptismal Vows and the blessing of Holy Water. Have you ever wondered why we have been doing this ritual on our Easter day worship service?
I would like to believe that we are an Easter church. Whenever we profess The Apostle’s Creed and say, “He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again.” is a constant declaration of what we believe in as baptized Christian. It is also an affirmation of our faith as a church. We are a people gathered, transformed and sent to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
First, we are an Easter church because we proclaim that Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again. We use these words to declare our belief. This is our Christian identity.
Second, we are an Easter church because we are a loving and serving community. We use actions to assist people on how they could deeply understand the love of Jesus Christ for all of us. Our faith should not only serve our spiritual needs but also the needs of people that we meet every day.
These two-fold Christian spirituality that we possess are gifts from God in order to carry-out our mission. It starts in our prayer life and ends in places where God sends us. We are nurtured in the Eucharist to bring the goods news of the resurrection. We are also commission to be agents of transformation in society. “This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.” Acts 2:32.
What do you think should be our prayer in terms of being an Easter church?