Posted by: Titus Presler | May 4, 2010

“Easter people but living on Good Friday,” declares Harare’s Bp. Gandiya

Following is the Easter letter circulated by the Rt. Rev. Chad Gandiya, Bishop of Harare, for Easter:

Easter people but living on Good Friday

Dear friends,

Easter tide greetings to you all! My Lenten message was about journeying through the wilderness. I hope it contributed to your sustenance on that journey, a journey that brought us to the outskirts of Jerusalem, Harare and for most of us even our churches. As Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem (Lk. 19:41ff) for failing to recognize the things that make for peace, we cannot help but weep and pray also for our police who continuously persecute us. If only they would recognize the things that make for peace! Holy week for most of us started with intensified police action against our people following the Police Order of the 26th March 2010 dispatched to police stations. We want to thank you for your bravery and commitment to God and at the same time praise God who never deserts us but always journeys with his people in all situations.

Now, this leg of our spiritual journey takes us through events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. These events as you all know included eating together, betrayal, denial, flogging, rejection, mocking, in short, pain, death and then resurrection. As a diocese we are going through some kind of a Maundy Thursday/Good Friday experience in our churches with beatings, tear-gas, arrests, ridicule and being denied use of our churches in spite of Court rulings. We pray with Jesus (Lk.22:42) that “Father if you are willing, remove this cup from us; yet, not our will but yours be done!” It is a difficult prayer to pray when you are going through the experience and yet it is our deep yearning that through it all, God’s will be done. Fortunately for us we live after the resurrection event and so we can with confidence look forward to Easter when we can sing with Paul (1 Cor. 15:54 &55) that “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where O death is your victory? Where O death is your sting?” Graves are for dead bodies. Jesus’ grave could not imprison him much longer because he was alive. He burst open the grave! He lives! Because he lives we too shall be able to worship him freely. We will live to love and worship God as he meant us to do. What I am trying to say to us all is that we should never forget that we are Easter people even though given our current experience it may still be Good Friday.

Let me take this opportunity to wish you all the joy and living hope of Easter, for the Lord is risen – he is risen indeed Halleluiah! Keep safe in the home, on the road and in church and community.

Keep Hope alive!

Every blessing,

+Chad Harare.

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  1. I have read the sad news of the Supreme Court decision that favours Kunonga. I would like to comfort the true Anglican Christians of Harare diocese that they should not give up hope. For in a short while truth will prevail. As the Nigerians say “No matter how long the night is – the day is sure to come.”


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