Christians have just celebrated the greatest religious days of the year, culminating in Easter Day. The three days of intensive prayer and religious ceremonies – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday recall the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. Easter Day marks Christ’s rising from the dead.
At Easter the followers of Jesus were amazed that their Master had risen and had appeared to various followers. All the while they gathered for prayer. It would be no surprise if they prayed the Our Father, the prayer Jesus taught them.
Through the ages Christians have said together this most comprehensive of prayers. With a reverence for God and a desire that his rule on earth may be complete, believers ask for their ‘daily bread’, asking too that they may have their offences forgiven, as they forgive others. This is a difficult task. We can say we pardon others, but even easier recall old grievances.
In these troubled times with fighting in Syria, tension and differences in Ukraine, armed bands and lawlessness in other parts of the world, people seek peace.
In the Catholic Mass, the priest says before the sign of peace: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever’.
John Cairns, King’s Lynn Catholic Church

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