The Voyage of Saint Brendan by Edward Reginald Frampton, 1908

Dear Friends in Christ,

Lent is nearly over and Easter lies before us. We have journeyed through the Church’s year again, but what will this Easter bring?

We are all travellers; rather like the Celtic saint Brendan the Navigator.  Brendan was ‘journeying for Christ’ in all his peregrinations. He was a 6th century missionary, who sailed around the west coast of Scotland, and may even have reached as far as Iceland and Newfoundland. Throughout his journeying he passed on his faith, and he faced many dangers, conflicts, and testing situations. In many ways his life was not dissimilar to ours. What we learn from St. Brendan is the importance of the journey. We cannot afford to stand still. To search for Christ is to keep moving: to explore; to push ourselves outside our comfort zones.

If you are unsure how Jesus was to suffer, read Isaiah 53: 3-7. It bears an uncanny resemblance to the Good Friday Liturgy. Suffering is not the key to being a follower of Christ. Being there for others is! This is what the gospel is all about. Jesus came to us to embody the love of God for His creation, accepting the consequences of doing so whatever these might be. In the course of His actions, He brought life to others. Through His resurrection, He won new life for all.

Jesus said, I am the Resurrection and the Life.

Join us to see the mystery unfold….

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter.

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Rector of St. Ninian’s, Castle Douglas & Christ Church, Dalbeattie