An Easter Message from Bishop Frank J. Dewane
March 26, 2021
Christ is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!
I wish to extend my Easter Greetings, and rejoice with you in the joy of the Resurrection. I pray that the Easter “Alleluia”, which echoes forth from the Church, will refresh the hearts of all the Faithful.
This Easter Season also brings us the hope that the worst of the Pandemic is somehow behind us and that we are drawing close to the time when our Parish Churches can once again resound with the voices of all the Faithful. Throughout history, God has miraculously provided: new vaccines promise protection from the virus and new therapeutics are beginning to thwart the worst effects of the Coronavirus. In the near future, it is my prayer that we will be able to embrace the full practice of our faith once again together and without fear.
Let us rejoice fully in the Praise of God this Easter. Through the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have been made new in the waters of Baptism and become co-heirs to life-eternal. Christ did not forget us during these difficult days, but has been with us! He has strengthened the weak, comforted the dying, and inspired health care workers, scientists, grocery store workers, clergy and others who provide essential services, to help them persevere. Learning from Christ’s compassion has also led us to protect and care for the lonely elderly, sick and vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.
Easter is a time for us to be courageous witnesses to your Faith. Our family, friends, and neighbors need to hear the joyful message of Easter — Jesus Christ is Lord, and we have life in His name! May our hearts be opened to the need for something greater than ourselves. In this time when all things seem virtual, people are hungry for what is real, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Be witnesses of Christ this Easter Season.
Know of my prayer for each of you and your family. I kindly ask the same of you. Let the light of the Risen Christ, symbolized by the Paschal Candle which shines in our churches during the Easter season, shatter any darkness you are experiencing. Allow the joyful Alleluia to refresh your faith, hope, and love.
Have a Happy and Blessed Easter.
+Frank J. Dewane
Bishop of the Diocese of
Venice in Florida