April arrives as a month of festive celebration with Easter Sunday on April 5. As always, we will begin by lifting high the flowered cross, and we will conclude by excitedly “hunting” Easter eggs in the Garden. The month will continue with a bit of rest during Easter Week, as we prepare ourselves for living in the Great Fifty Days of Easter, until the Day of Pentecost, May 24.
During this time, our Cathedral organ will undergo some necessary maintenance and repair. This does not mean that it will be silent! We will continue to worship with the beauty of its sound, under the talented hands of our organist and choirmaster, Christopher Powell. We will also launch the establishment of a special fund for the ongoing care and improvement of our organ, and everyone will learn more about the history and structure of this magnificent instrument. Look for more information about this later in April, as well as for your opportunity to become a sustainer of the Cathedral organ.
The month concludes with the Cathedral Celebration on Sunday, April 26. This year will mark our tenth anniversary as the Cathedral church of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. On that day we will give special thanks for the leadership of two men who shepherded Christ Church through its founding and early years as a “baby” cathedral. The Very Reverend Johnny Cook will be named “Dean Emeritus” by Bishop Duncan in honor of his distinguished service as rector and first dean. The Right Reverend Philip Duncan will be honored for his tenure as our diocesan bishop, and especially for his vision of a cathedral for our diocese and his work in establishing and supporting that ministry.
Bishop Duncan will be making his final parochial visit on that day—meeting with the vestry, preaching, baptizing, confirming young people and adults, and celebrating the Eucharist. Following our worship, we will enjoy a luncheon in the Garden, giving special thanks this year for the ministry of Philip and Kathy in our diocese and expressing our gratitude and love for them as a special part of the Cathedral Family.
This month will be a time of enjoying the beauty and joy of Easter life, and I hope that every member of the Cathedral Family is on hand to participate in our life together.
The Very Reverend Beverly F. Gibson,