Happy Easter


Frangipani growing in our garden


Easter is of course a focus on Christ risen from the dead and the hope and promise of eternal life gifted to each one of us. We see and enjoy signs of that life here and now in the world around us, all gifts from our benevolent Creator who gave his only Son that we might live as adopted sons and daughters. We are called to 'Choose life' in all it's manifestations.


Today we celebrate Christ's living presence among us even though we and our world are still faced with suffering and immense challenges. We with the whole Church can declare that light has overcome the darkness. Jesus is the spring of living water welling up from within us, the reason for our hope.


I think I have shared with you my recent recording of a song composed for Catholic Schools entitled which captures Easter Day in many respects and I hope the melody can sing in your hearts today and throughout the Easter Season.


We witness to his presence because he lives. We choose a life of service because he acts through us. We celebrate the life we're living because when two or more are gathered in his name he is present among us. As he is the 'Light of the World' (Te matapuna o te Ao marama) we reflect that light to one another to enlighten the dark places wherever they may be.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umulMjElt48 (copy and paste this youtube link into your search engine.


Celebrate(Whakanuia)


There’s a power that unites us

It’s the Spirit of the Son

And we witness to his presence

When our voices join as one


Celebrate the life we’re living

Treasure Christian Dignity

Here we stand and join together

With our faith community


Celebrate

God’s only Son

And give praise to his name


Looking out for one another

Let Christ’s love be our guide

When we choose his life of service

He is always at our side


In our teaching and our learning

May we grow and light the way

Gift the earth the hope within us

Blessing all we do and say.


Celebrate

Who we are

One in Christ the Light of the World


Whakanuia

Ko wai tatou

Whai tatou ia Hehu

Te matapuna o te Ao marama


Celebrate (Whakanuia)

Celebrate (Te oranga)

Celebrate , Celebrate

Celebrate (Matauranga)

Celebrate (Whakapono)

Celebrate, Celebrate


Celebrate (Turangawaewae)

Celebrate (Te Ao Turoa)

Celebrate, Celebrate

Celebrate (Aotearoa)

Celebrate (Tatou katoa)

Celebrate, Celebrate


Celebrate the life we’re living

Treasure Christian Dignity

Here we stand and join together

With our faith community


Celebrate

Who we are

One in Christ, the Light of the World


Whakanuia

Ko wai tatou

Whai tatou ia Hehu

Te matapuna o te Ao marama


(A song for Catholic Schools)

Chris Skinner SM 2021


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