Rector's Easter Message

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Happy Easter Franciscans!

It was a wonderful Holy Week and I hope you were fed and nourished as much as I was through the love shown by our St. Francis Community.  I want to thank all those (and there were a lot) who gave their time and talent and treasure toward making all of it a joyous occasion. It was good seeing a lot of faces that I had not seen for so long at our Easter services, and also seeing new faces. I hope that they will all come back more often. Of course without any of this, without any of our actions, a joyous occasion would have occurred on Easter morning as it does every morning with the sunlight falling upon an empty tomb and creation praising God. This reminds me of a passage from Thomas Merton:

Sunrise is an event that calls forth solemn music in the very depth of human nature, as if one’s whole being had to attune itself to the cosmos and praise God for the new day, praise God in the name of all the creatures that ever were or ever will be. I look at the rising sun and feel that now upon me falls the responsibility of seeing what all my ancestors have seen, in the Stone Age and even before it, praising God before me….When the sun rises each one us of is summoned by the living and the dead to praise God.”

Again I say thank you to all who participated in any way in our Holy Week and Easter services.

So there is one news item that I need to share with you. I am going on Sabbatical this summer (July and August). I have been offered a house in which to stay on the campus of San Francisco Theological Seminary. I have reached out to an instructor at St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco to assist me in getting back into icon writing which is a wonderful way to pray and meditate. I hope to take a class at one of the seminaries in the area.

I did consider cancelling my sabbatical due to Fr. Joseph’s necessary move to Augusta but I do not know that I will ever get this offer again and since money is always an object, this will be the time to go. I did cut my time short by one month. I have applied for a grant to possibly cover a month next year (with the vestry’s approval) but getting the grant is a long shot.

Before I leave in July I will visit my mom, travel to Cleveland, Ohio to marry Jess Tanner and her soon to be wife Maddy (perform the marriage ceremony might be a better way of putting it), and be Dean of the Diocesan Outdoor Youth Camp in early June. I will be happy to talk about this with anyone wanting to know more. Of course my really big concern with being gone for two months is: how will Arthur take care of himself while I’m gone? Peace to you all.

Christos Anesti! Alithos Anesti!

Christ is Risen! He has Risen indeed!

 

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