Easter celebrations at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King were led by Bishop Tom Williams, who celebrated the Easter Vigil, and By Canon Anthony O'Brien, the Cathedral Dean, who celebrated the Solemn Mass of Easter Day with Archbishop Emeritus, Patrick Kelly, concelebrating.
Homily preached by the Right Reverend Thomas Williams, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, at the Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter. Saturday 30 March 2013 at 8.00 pm in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool.
On this night, let us await in hope the return of Christ in glory.
We have listened to his Word and celebrated his mysteries, now we have sure hope of sharing his triumph over death, and living with him in God. That was the promise given to us as we began our Vigil tonight, and in the Easter proclamation which was so beautifully sung for us. This truly is a blessed night, as bright as day; dazzling in the night and full of gladness.
On this night he brought his peaceful light to humanity.
In the land of his birth it is the only light that can bring the Arab and Semitic worlds, Muslim and Jew, together. In our western world it is the only light that can show materialism for the shallow sham that it is.
In the hearts of all mankind it is the only light that can bring healing to conflict, and dispel hatred and indifference to others.
In this world of ours, it is the only light that can give solace to the weary and support to the weak, the poor and the downtrodden.
It is the light of unselfish love. It is the light of wisdom, the light of understanding, the light of the Spirit of right judgement, the light of courage, the light of the Spirit of knowledge and reverence. It is the light of wonder and awe in the Lord’s presence. It is the light of true peace and joy.
Happy Easter to each of you on this wonder-filled night.