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Priest: Christians under threat
Newsday ^ | 4/9/2012 | Lara Pickford-Gordon

Posted on 04/08/2012 11:29:59 PM PDT by U-238

The life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to the Christian heritage. It is central to worship, Christian culture and identity.

“Our identity is understood, our identity is known, it is through God, with the help of the holy spirit,” said Fr Kenneth Assing as he gave the homily at the Easter Vigil service on Saturday night at Sacred Heart RC, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain. However, he warned that worldwide Christians were under threat.

Speaking to a small congregation, Assing said the Easter Triduum--(Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Gloria Saturday) followed the "way of Jesus in the resurrection."

He said this happened every time the Lord’s supper, Holy Thursday and the crucifixion.

Fr Assing said the Easter Vigil celebration took the congregation from creation to recreation. The Easter Vigil is divided into four parts-the service of light, liturgy of the word, liturgy of baptism and liturgy of Eucharist.

"We are recreated through baptism to have a conscious regard for a life created in the image and likeness of God. That conscious regard is kept alive in Christ."

As part of the liturgy, the congregation was asked to renew their baptismal vows and holy water was sprinkled on them.

Assing said even at the sub-conscious level the soul the spirit of God is working. He drew attention to the tabernacle and said it symbolised the tomb from which Jesus emerges resurrected.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christianity; christians; jesuschrist; religion

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