Wednesday of 5th Lent
29 March 2007
Sisters and Brothers, dearly Beloved:
The worship of God is the central factor of a healthy Christian community, and worship during Holy Week and Easter Day is central to the life of the Church corporately and individually.
I realize and appreciate that for some there is anxiety about one or more of the decisions by, and messages from, the House of Bishops when we met last week at Camp Allen, Texas. Please be assured that I am preparing a pastoral letter about them. However, because worship has such priority, the related demands for my own preparation for Holy Week liturgies leaves me unsure whether I will complete that letter before Easter Day. If not, it shall be released as soon as possible thereafter.
In the interim, God and God’s Church calls each of us to focus on the completion of our Lenten journey, including worship throughout the Triduum. I am doing my best not to be distracted from that quest by alarming (sometimes misleading and/or exaggerated) headlines or by other anxious voices. Our Lord approached his passion, crucifixion and death with calm faithfulness and quiet resolution. May God bless us with the grace to follow that example, that we, “walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace”.
Faithfully and with prayers for a holy conclusion of Lent for us all, +Dorsey USC VII