Search

Vatican News
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher shuttered amid strict measures to curb the coronavirus. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher shuttered amid strict measures to curb the coronavirus.   (AFP or licensors)

Jerusalem Christian leaders’ Easter message of hope, consolation amid pandemic

In a joint Easter message, the 13 patriarchs and heads of Churches of Jerusalem note that amid the death and suffering of the coronavirus pandemic, God is present and invites us to "look to the future" with hope.

By Robin Gomes

In their Easter message, the 13 patriarchs and heads of Churches of Jerusalem note that in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole world at this time is going through a state of fear, anxiety and ambiguity. Many countries are facing much loss and grief, and infected cases are on the rise.

Desolation of pandemic

Jerusalem, the City of the Resurrection and Christ’s Empty Tomb, is empty of pilgrims, note the 13 patriarchs and heads of Churches of Jerusalem.

Among them are Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, the Custos of the Holy Land.  

Lent, Holy Week, and Easter this year, the leaders observe, have been surrounded by many questions in the light of the suffering, illness, death and lockdowns around the globe. The coronavirus challenge has thrown into turmoil people, communities institutions and even the world economy and global health have not been spared.

Resurrection - a time of renewal of hope

However, “The Feast of the Resurrection is a time of renewal of hope, restoration and victory over all forms of death and destruction.”

The leaders say, “We believe that our God is the God of the living and not of the dead.”  “The Resurrection is our assurance that even in the midst of death and suffering, God is there and Christ’s death gives us the victory.”

Mutual support and prayer

“The Resurrection calls upon our human family toward a time of renewal and a way forward into the future, away from oppression, discrimination, hunger, and injustice.”

“The Easter message this year coming from Jerusalem,” the patriarchs and heads of Churches of Jerusalem say, “is a reminder of the Resurrection itself: ‘He is not here, but is risen!’”  

The leaders remind Christians that their mission as followers of Christ and as human beings “is to support each other and to continue to pray for all people during this pandemic.”

“The mighty power and grace of the Resurrection offer us hope, healing, and victory over this pandemic and all dark situations.”

 

13 April 2020, 10:49