The Cayman Islands are within the ancient Episcopal Jurisdiction
of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Sunday Next Before Easter (Palm Sunday)
Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
FAITH IN FOCUS: WALKING BY
Not everyone in the crowd on Palm Sunday and Good Friday was bothered about the goings-on surrounding Jesus of Nazareth. There were plenty of people just going about their own business who got caught up or inconvenienced by the fuss.
But those whose lives were changed by the events had to follow Jesus closely. They had to feel for him, to get involved in his journey and identify with what it was all about. Anyone could just walk by.
And nothing has changed. We too can just walk by as the events of that first Holy Week unfold now before our eyes. How? Well, we can simply come to Church and treat it as a walk down memory lane as we recall the events of so long ago. We can sing the hymns, say the prayers, carry the palms and light the candles. Or we can choose to follow Jesus in such a way that it bites into the reality of our lives. And we can do this in two ways.
Firstly, we can examine the way we react to suffering when it comes our way. Is suffering (not just illness but the mental anguish that comes with tragedy or misfortune) something that we avoid like the plague? No one wants to invite suffering on themselves, but how do we treat it when it comes our way? Do we have a spiritual attitude to suffering? Is it something that we take just as a bugbear or is it something that we see as an opportunity to bear as Christ bore it, to join our suffering with that of Jesus on Calvary? Do we see adversity as a nuisance or can we grow as a result of the way we react to it?
Secondly, do we look at the suffering of other people just from a distance, like those who went about their business as Jesus was humiliated and executed? When we view the pictures of misery that assault us from our TV sets do we react in an active way or do we think of it as mere information or, God forbid, entertainment? Do the stories in our newspapers really affect us or have we become immune to them? And what about the suffering that we see in the faces of those who live on our streets and in our places of work?
Palm Sunday and Good Friday give us a choice. Christ's passion is still going on. We can stand and watch in our own day, or we can put our faith into real action.
WORD OF GOD
Each morning he wakes me to hear,
to listen like a disciple...
The Lord comes to my help,
so that I am untouched by the insults.
HOLY WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon: Isa 42: 1-9, Hebrews 9: 11-15, S. John 12: 1-11
Tues: Isa 49: 1-7, 1 Cor 1: 18-31, S. John 12: 20-36
Wed: Isa 50: 4-9a, Hebrews 12: 1-3, S. John 13: 21-32
Maundy Thurs: Exod 12: 1-8, 11-14, 1 Cor 11: 23-26, S.John 13: 1-17, 31b-35
Good Friday: Isaiah 52:13 - 53.end, Heb 10: 16-25, John 18:1 - 19.end
Easter Eve: Job 14: 1-14, 1 Peter 4: 1 - 8, Matt 27: 57-end
NEXT SUNDAY (EASTER SUNDAY): Isaiah 65: 17-end, Acts 10: 34 - 43, S. Luke 24: 1 - 12