The Dean’s Corner: A Word of Gratitude

The Dean’s Corner

A Word of Gratitude

Happy Easter!

Easter Week is a time to rest and reflect: to exhale after the intense journey of holy week, to sit with the new promise of new life and to give thanks for God’s goodness.

I want to thank all those who helped to bring the worship services from the cathedral into our homes during this unique time.  I have been so pleased to hear how the nighttime Easter Vigil was received, and we very much have Sam Hubish and Scott Blanchard to thank for that.  Online services require a great deal of planning and preparation, and require keen in-the-moment direction, and I give thanks for our production team.

As always, Holy Week and Easter requires a cast of thousands (almost), and I felt that the hard work of singers, musicians, dancers, readers, vergers, flower guild members, editors, clergy and cathedral staff was evident in all we saw last week. Each of you who helped lead did so faithfully and passionately, with clear intention to draw our whole congregation closer into the story of Jesus’ passion and resurrection. Thank you for your prayerful action.

I also want to thank Cathedral Council and all our social justice ministries for the unique and poignant Stations of the Cross offerings during Holy Week.

These stations helped to tell Jesus’ story with an eye to the challenges our community faces and with hope that we can be Jesus’ hands and feet in the world. We look forward to integrating some of those displays into Sunday liturgies coming up in the next few months.

I am profoundly grateful for all you have done to live, tell and embody the story of Jesus’ love for the world. May this season be filled with the blessings of Easter!

The Very Rev. Bernard J Owens