Thursday, April 28, 2022

The Theology and Practice of the Missal in the Anglican Rite




My first pastoral and theological address to the Clergy of the Anglican Province of America as Presiding and Diocesan Bishop, 
26th April 2022, Spring Retreat, Black Mountain, North Carolina.



Friday, April 15, 2022

Presiding Bishop’s Easter Message 2022




Alleluia, Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

As Saint Gregory Nazianzus, the great theologian of the fourth century proclaims: ‘With us, Easter is the Feast of Feasts and the Celebration of Celebrations; it excels all other festivals, as the sun excels the stars; and this is true not only of human and earthly feasts but also of those belonging to Christ and celebrated for Christ.’ The solemnity of Easter, the Third-Day Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, is the Queen of Feasts, the heart and center of the Christian Year, the focal point of all life and truth, and of all history.

On Easter Day, Jesus Christ rises, alive, deathless, immortal, full of glory, radiant with the life of the Holy Spirit. In Christ’s physical bodily resurrection from the dead, we celebrate the Eighth Day, whereon God in human flesh, now glorified and transfigured in our human nature, has recreated the universe and has brought the cosmos to its fulfillment. On the seventh day, God rested from His loving work in fashioning the visible creation (Genesis 2.2); on this Day, the Eighth Day, the Day of Resurrection, God has unleashed the New Creation, for Jesus Christ is the second Adam, the Lord from Heaven, (I Corinthians 15.45-47), the New Man and the New Reality, Who sums up all things in Himself (Ephesians 4.10) and makes all things new (Revelation 21.5). In the person of Jesus, raised from death by the Holy Spirit, God the Father has regenerated the world to share in the very life and communion of the Trinity. Easter, this greatest of all feasts of the Church, is singled out amongst other feasts as the highest manifestation of Christ’s almighty power as God the Son made Man – it is the confirmation of our faith, and the promise, pledge, and hope of our own resurrection from the dead.

The Mystery of Christ’s Resurrection was prophesied in the Old Testament, prefigured by the Prophet Jonah, who after three days came out of the belly of the fish: ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth’ (Saint Matthew 12.40). This fulfillment by Christ is described in the New Testament as a historical fact, with the appearance of the angel to the women bringing the spices to the Holy Sepulchre, which image was the first used in Christian iconography. Later, the early Christians depicted the Resurrection in iconographic form as the Descent of Our Lord to the Dead, the Harrowing of Hell (I Saint Peter 3.18-22).

Christ’s Resurrection, witnessed by Saint Mary Magdalene and the holy Apostles, took place on a Sunday morning after the Sabbath, early on the first day of the week. From that Day to this, every Sunday is a ‘little Easter,’ the beginning of new life, which shone forth from the grave on that first Easter Day. Our celebration of Easter is not only a commemoration of an historical, the historical event: it is the beginning and the foretaste of the future eternal life of the renewed creature and a renewed creation. As the first day of creation in Genesis was the beginning of days calculated in time, so on this Day, the Day of Christ’s Resurrection, is the beginning of days outside of time, the initiation of the mystery of the future life, the Age of the World to Come, the Kingdom of God, where God shall be all in all. Jesus Christ was born; we are born also into this world. Jesus Christ died, and we too shall die, how and when and where it shall please God; Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, raised to newness of life by the glory of the Father – and we too shall rise at the consummation of all things, and live, live with Jesus, live in Jesus, live for Jesus… forever.

‘And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith also is vain… and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins… if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive!’ (I Corinthians 15.14-22). ‘But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you’ (Romans 8.11).

Let us meditate on this love of God revealed to us by the preaching of the Gospel, especially as we approach the Holy Altar and receive in our Easter Holy Communions that same glorified Body, Blood, soul, and divinity of Christus Victor, our risen mighty Conquering King, by which He destroyed death and grants us everlasting life.

May Christ our True God, risen from the dead, bless you and all you love as we celebrate His victory over sin, Satan, and death in this jubilant Eastertide!

The Most Reverend Chandler Holder Jones, SSC
Presiding Bishop, Anglican Province of America

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Saint Barnabas Cathedral Dunwoody - Holy Week and Easter Week 2022




HOLY WEEK AND EASTER WEEK 2022

Monday Before Easter, 11th April 

Noon – Low Mass


Tuesday Before Easter, 12th April 
Noon – Low Mass

Wednesday Before Easter, 13th April 
Noon – Low Mass

MAUNDY THURSDAY, 14th April
Noon – Diocesan Chrism Mass
7pm – Solemn High Mass 

GOOD FRIDAY, 15th April 
Noon – Stations of the Cross and the Seven Last Words of Christ
2pm - Mass of the Presanctified

HOLY SATURDAY, 16th April 
8pm – The Great Vigil of Easter 

EASTER DAY, 17th April
9am - Sung Mass
11am - Solemn High Mass

EASTER MONDAY, 18th April 
Noon – Low Mass

EASTER TUESDAY, 19th April 
Noon – Low Mass

EASTER WEDNESDAY, 20th April
Noon - Low Mass

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Polish National Catholic Church Ukrainian Relief


Dearly beloved in Christ,

We have before us this Lent a tremendous opportunity through which to exercise the Christian works of mercy. Our brethren in the Polish National Catholic Church in Poland are going to extraordinary lengths to bring the love of God to refugees from Ukraine who are escaping the Russian invasion.

The Polish National Catholics are providing food and shelter, receiving refugees into their own homes, offering medical care and services, and more, all of which activity is being funded from their own parishes. The PNCC is soliciting funds from many sources in order to assist in this mission.

We orthodox Anglicans, engaged as we are in dialogue with the PNCC, are especially encouraged to contribute directly to the effort.

Donations may be sent directly the Office of the Prime Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church, 1006 Pittston Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18505-4109.
Please make cheques payable to...
The Polish National Catholic Church, with the word 'Ukraine' in the memo line.

The Polish parishes require more financial support so as to provide some small measure of comfort and dignity to the suffering people making their escape to safety. We are now presented with the privilege of doing our part and practising our Lenten discipline of almsgiving by sharing in this relief work.

Let us pray fervently for the peace of Ukraine and for the welfare, preservation, and freedom of the Ukrainian people. God bless you!

In Our Blessed Lord,

+Chad

The Most Reverend Chandler Holder Jones SSC
Presiding and Diocesan Bishop