Primate’s Easter Message 2017

Primate’s Easter Message 2017

Primate’s Easter Message 2017 (Spanish – Español)

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

He is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

THE ancient Easter proclamation sounds out again throughout the Church: Christ is risen! Easter breaks forth with a joy unmatched, with new hope and new life — eternal life! We will see again those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, in a life that will know no end. Love has triumphed over hatred, truth over lies, life over death. Our Lenten fast is over, we have walked the way of Calvary and beheld the empty tomb. It is Eastertide once more!

The liturgy of Easter is rich in symbolism and Christian tradition. In the darkness of the empty tomb, in the darkness of a fallen world, in the darkness of the heart of man a Light shines forth — it is the Light of Christ. The hour of darkness is over; now is the hour of salvation.

In the Easter liturgies of the Church we hear anew the ancient prophecies of Holy Scripture and listen to the age-old Proclamation of Easter, revealing to us God’s plan of salvation — now made real for us in the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ. The Paschal Candle burns brightly again in our midst; and with a joy which fills our hearts and lifts our voices, we sing again the triumphant hymn: ‘Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!’

There is no Season greater than that of Easter in all the Christian year. Christmas heralded the Word made flesh, Epiphany the manifestation of God to the nations; Lent, the depth of God’s love for His people; and Easter, our salvation from sin and death in the Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Each Easter, the peace and power of the Risen Christ is renewed in the life of every Christian. The Church is enlivened again, empowered with the Spirit of the Risen Lord. Before us lies the world in all its sin and misery, its false hopes and deluded joys. But as the Church Militant we advance upon this world with power and faith, proclaiming to every culture and people the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.

As the disciples of Jesus went forth into their world to speak of the Risen Christ, we too need to go out into our world, to our neighbours, our friends, family, co-workers, and witness to them our faith in Jesus; inviting them to know the love and joy which is ours as Christians and traditional Anglicans; inviting them to join us in the worship and praise of God this Eastertide.

Ours is an Easter Faith; we are an Easter people. During the fifty days of Easter let us celebrate the joyous fact of our redemption. Let us live as people charged with the spirit of the Risen Christ, eager to spread the good news of salvation. Let us share with all we meet the hope that is ours as Christians. It will be through our faithful witness to Christ crucified and risen that others will come to know Jesus and the transforming grace of His Cross and Resurrection.

May all our Churches, Dioceses, Parishes and Missions across the Traditional Anglican Communion be blessed this Easter Season with a faith renewed and an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit. And may I extend to you all my blessing and prayers for a joyous Eastertide.


¡Aleluya! ¡Cristo ha resucitado!

¡Él es resucitado, de hecho! ¡Aleluya!

La antigua proclamación pascual emana de nuevo en toda la Iglesia: ¡Cristo ha resucitado! ¡La Pascua brota con una alegría inigualable, con nueva esperanza y nueva vida – vida eterna! Veremos de nuevo a aquellos que han pasado antes de nosotros marcados con el signo de la fe, en una vida que no sabrá un fin. El amor ha triunfado sobre el odio, la verdad sobre las mentiras, la vida sobre la muerte. Nuestro ayuno de Cuaresma ha terminado, hemos recorrido el camino del Calvario y hemos visto la tumba vacía. Es Eastertide una vez más!

La liturgia de la Pascua es rica en simbolismo y tradición cristiana. En la oscuridad de la tumba vacía, en la oscuridad de un mundo caído, en la oscuridad del corazón del hombre resplandece una Luz: es la Luz de Cristo. La hora de la oscuridad ha terminado; Ahora es la hora de la salvación.

En las liturgias pascuales de la Iglesia escuchamos de nuevo las antiguas profecías de la Sagrada Escritura y escuchamos la proclamación pascual de la Pascua, revelándonos el plan de salvación de Dios – hecho ahora real para nosotros en la Pasión, Muerte y Resurrección de nuestra Iglesia Salvador Jesucristo. La vela pascual arde nuevamente en medio de nosotros; Y con una alegría que llena nuestros corazones y levanta nuestras voces, cantamos de nuevo el himno triunfante: “¡Jesucristo ha resucitado hoy, Aleluya!”

No hay una Temporada mayor que la de la Pascua en todo el año cristiano. Navidad anunció el Verbo hecho carne, Epifanía la manifestación de Dios a las naciones; Cuaresma, la profundidad del amor de Dios por Su pueblo; Y la Pascua, nuestra salvación del pecado y la muerte en la Resurrección de nuestro Señor y Salvador, Jesucristo.

Cada Pascua, la paz y el poder del Cristo Resucitado se renueva en la vida de cada cristiano. La Iglesia se anima nuevamente, potenciada con el Espíritu del Señor Resucitado. Ante nosotros está el mundo en todo su pecado y su miseria, sus falsas esperanzas y alegrías engañadas. Pero como Militante de la Iglesia avanzamos hacia este mundo con poder y fe, proclamando a cada cultura y pueblo el mensaje de salvación en Jesucristo.

A medida que los discípulos de Jesús salieron a su mundo para hablar del Cristo Resucitado, también nosotros necesitamos salir a nuestro mundo, a nuestros vecinos, a nuestros amigos, familiares, colaboradores y testimoniarles nuestra fe en Jesús; Invitándoles a conocer el amor y la alegría que son nuestros como cristianos y anglicanos tradicionales; Invitándolos a unirse a nosotros en la adoración y alabanza de Dios esta Semana Santa.

La nuestra es una fe de Pascua; Somos un pueblo de Pascua. Durante los cincuenta días de Pascua celebremos el hecho gozoso de nuestra redención. Vivamos como personas cargadas del espíritu de Cristo resucitado, deseosos de difundir las buenas nuevas de la salvación. Compartimos con todos nosotros la esperanza que es nuestra como cristianos. Será a través de nuestro fiel testimonio de Cristo crucificado y resucitado que otros llegarán a conocer a Jesús y la gracia transformadora de Su Cruz y Resurrección.

Que todas las Iglesias, Diócesis, Parroquias y Misiones de la Comunión Anglicana Tradicional sean bendecidas en esta Época Pascual con una fe renovada y un derramamiento del Espíritu Santo de Dios. Y puedo extender a ustedes todas mis bendiciones y oraciones por una feliz Pascua.


An Appeal from the IAF

Bishop Andrew Mukuyamba has episcopal responsibility for all of the country of Zambia in south central Africa — the Continuing Anglican Church in Zambia (CACZ). Parishes have been established in three of the country’s ten provinces , the furthest one being 372 miles from the Bishop’s headquarters in the capital of Lusaka. A variety of issues negatively impact his ability to perform his duties:

  • Most CACZ churches are in rural areas.
  • In many cases, roads are mere dirt footpaths.
  • Public transportation is expensive and extremely unreliable.
  • Travel times necessary for pastoral care and visits are therefore unnecessarily long and wasteful.

The IAF Board of Directors has recommended that the Fellowship undertake a project to purchase an appropriate vehicle for the Bishop. To date, over $US 5800 has been contributed and earmarked for this purpose. The goal is to raise $16,000 before the end of August 2017. Vehicle maintenance, fuel, repairs , etc., will be funded by the CACZ. If you would like to participate, please send a check, payable to the: International Anglican Fellowship and earmarked “Bishop’s Vehicle” to:

Erv Lischke
1760 Red Crow Rd
Victor, MT 59875

(Call Erv at 406-642-3085 with any questions)

Appeal Poster

Election of New Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion

The Most Reverend Archbishop Shane B. Janzen, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion
The Most Reverend Archbishop Shane B. Janzen, Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion

The Most Reverend Shane Janzen was elected Primate of the world-wide Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) by its governing College of Bishops in Lincoln, England on Friday, October 14, 2016, and formally Installed as Primate at the Eucharist held Sunday morning at St. Katherine’s Cathedral Church in Lincoln.

The 57-year old Saanich, British Columbia resident is also Rector of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist (990 Falmouth Road in Saanich) and Metropolitan of the Traditional Anglican Communion in Canada (The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada).

Archbishop Janzen, a resident of Saanich, is a former high school teacher, as well as a constitutional scholar and advisor, and has held senior positions within the British Columbia government.

The Traditional Anglican Communion is an international communion of Anglican churches independent from the Canterbury Communion with parishes in Africa, Australia, the Torres Strait, Canada, Central and South America, England, India, Ireland, Scotland, and the United States.

Begun in 1977 and formally established in 1990 in Victoria, British Columbia, the TAC is a Christ-centred, Biblically-faithful church rooted in the traditional Anglican expression of the Christian Faith and the historic Book of Common Prayer.