About the Episcopal Church
Christ Church is more than the people who worship at the corner of St. Emanuel and Church Streets.
One of the distinctive things about being an Episcopalian is the sense of connection
and fellowship one has with other Anglicans and Episcopalians throughout the world.
Bishop Michael Curry’s 2023 Easter Message
The following is the full text of the presiding bishop’s Easter 2023 message, lightly edited for clarity:
This is a different Easter message. I’ve shared Easter messages from Jerusalem some years ago, and I have shared Easter and Christmas messages from a variety of locations. Last year for Christmas, we were in San Diego. Today I’m in Paris, part of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe. We just finished a revival—over 50 young people and some 300-400 people from all over Europe who came for this revival service. It was a remarkable thing to behold and be part of.
The Convocation here in Europe is engaged in incredible ministries, with some joining together with Episcopal Relief & Development to make it possible for resettlement of those who are refugees from war and famine, particularly those who are refugees from Ukraine.
Thinking about it—I realize not only with this view—but with the reality of Easter looming on our horizon, John’s Gospel opens: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then there is a point in which it says, of Christ coming into the world, “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it.”
On that early Easter morning, John says in his 20th chapter, that early in the morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene and some of the other women went to the tomb. They went to the tomb after the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. They went to the tomb of their world having fallen apart. They went to the tomb of all their hopes and dreams having collapsed.
But they got up and they went anyway. They went to perform the rites of burial, to do for a loved one what you would want to do for them. They went, following the liturgies of their religion and their tradition, and, lo and behold, when they went, they discovered that, even in the darkness, the light of God’s love, the light of Jesus Christ—the light of Christ, as we say in the Great Vigil—in fact, was shining in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Jesus had been raised from the dead. He was alive, and darkness and evil and selfishness could not stop him. Love—as the old song says—love lifted him up.
We are here in Paris, this wonderful city. While there are protests going on in the city—garbage has not been collected, and it’s all over the city—we are here in Paris, in Europe, with refugees streaming into this continent from all over the world, impacted by changes in weather pattern, impacted by war and famine. We are here in a world struggling to find its soul, but the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, cannot, and will not overcome it. Jesus lives. He has been raised from the dead. That is the message of Easter, and that is the good news of great tidings. From Paris, I’m Michael Curry. God love you. God bless you, and the light shines in the darkness, wherever there is darkness. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. Amen.
Bishop Michael Curry’s Good Friday Offering 2023
Christ Church is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast. Our diocese includes 18,000 people who worship God and reach out to others in 61 parishes in the southern part of Alabama and the western panhandle of Florida. It is one of two Episcopal dioceses in the state of Alabama and one of five in Florida. Our bishop is the Right Reverend J. Russell Kendrick.
The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast web site.
THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The Episcopal Church is a fellowship of 2.2 million Christians in 108 dioceses throughout the United States as well as Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, the Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Micronesia, Taiwan, and the Convocation of American Churches in Europe. The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church is the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry. Bishop Curry, previously the Bishop of North Carolina, was elected during the 78th General Convention in June 2015. He took office in November 2015.
The Episcopal Church web site
THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION
The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, a global fellowship of 73 million Christians in 38 self-governing provinces. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the Most Reverend and Right Honorable Justin Welby. While he is sometimes compared to a pope, a more accurate description of his role is that he is "first among equals" with his brother and sister bishops from throughout the Anglican Communion.
The world-wide Anglican Communion web site
Presiding Bishop Curry’s Word to
the Church: What Did Jesus Do?
September 16, 2020
The following is a Word to the Church from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry,
and is also the text of his sermon at The Episcopal Church House of Bishops,
which met virtually September 16, 2020.
A WORD TO THE CHURCH
September 16, 2020
The Right Reverend Michael B. Curry
What Did Jesus Do?
There are a number of sources of more in-depth information about the Episcopal Church and what it means to be an Episcopalian, including:
The Inquirers Class at Christ Church Cathedral, offered annually during Lent
The Episcopal Church web site
The Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast web site
The Book of Common Prayer (the prayer book we use in church)
The Anglican Communion web site
Or these books are available for purchase by contacting the Cathedral office:
The Episcopal Handbook
Those Episkopols by Dennis Maynard
A People Called Episcopalians by John Westerhoff
A New Dictionary for Episcopalians by John N. Wall
These are helpful resources: