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Don’t turn away from God

Friday, April 18 2014

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BODY OF CHRIST: The Right Rev Christopher Drakes distributes Holy Communion to the faithful during Holy Thursday Mass and washing of the feet at the H...
BODY OF CHRIST: The Right Rev Christopher Drakes distributes Holy Communion to the faithful during Holy Thursday Mass and washing of the feet at the H...

“WHEN we turn down God, we are endangering our spiritual selves,” Reverend Canon Christopher Drakes told the congregation during yesterday evening’s Holy Thursday service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Queen Street, Port-of-Spain.

Addressing the small but devoted number of parishioners, Drakes reminded them that, “as Christians, we are called upon to do what is right, helpful and beneficial to the honour and glory of God. And to the benefit of our fellow man. Make no mistake about that.”

In many parts of the world, including Trinidad and Tobago, the fifth day of Holy Week or the Thursday before Good Friday is known as Holy Thursday.

It is known for “The Last Supper” and Jesus Christ washing the feet of his disciples. It also marks the start of the Easter Triduum — the period which commemorates the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

The following days are Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Focusing on the symbolism of the washing of the feet during the Homily yesterday, Drakes explained that this was “an act of humble service” by Jesus for his disciples.

“We all need to remember our Lord’s example, most especially those who have been called to ordained ministry.”

Meanwhile, declaring that the country has hit “an all-time low” in recent times under the People’s Partnership Government, Independent Liberal Party (ILP) interim political leader Jack Warner said the occasion of Easter it a time for citizens to hold out hope that brighter days will come.

In his Easter message to the nation, the former Cabinet Minister said, “As we reflect on the events of the First Easter, we should consider that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reminder that beyond the periods of adversity lies hope of a brighter day.”

“Christ himself told us that the suffering he endured — and even his death — was necessary so that there could be ‘new life’, ” Warner said.

He said it was instructive that this year’s Easter celebrations come, “at a time when we face many challenges as a nation.”

Saying that citizens struggle daily to make ends meet, the crime epidemic continues unabated, health care and education are in shambles and the cost of goods and services remains high, Warner said, “As if all of this was not bad enough, the country has been rocked by three recent scandals affecting government ministers, two of which have led to significant ministerial adjustments.”

Warner said it should be clear to all citizens that “the optimism that we held in May 2010 for a turn-around of the affairs of the country and the standard of governance has been replaced with gross disappointment and despondency.”

Saying the “the pangs and tribulations our nation endures today are a part of the process of identifying and eventually conquering and discarding those things that hinder our progress as a people,” Warner stated, “After this, the only way left will be up — our nation’s resurrection.”

“This Easter, therefore, we must keep the faith,” he said.

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