Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Prayer Service on One Month Commemoration of the Martyrs of the Easter

“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall live together in Christ” My dear friends in Jesus Christ, we spend a quite decisive period of time in our country where dread, fear and uncertainty have started playing the upper hand in the society a brutal terrorism which has an insane ideology as its base caused the lost of many innocent people. The pain of this lost retains in the hearts and minds of the living while set of group is playing dice with the lives of the people. The physical wounds of the survived will indeed be healed leaving indelible stains in their memory, and it is unpredictable how long it will take for such wounds of the soul to be healed. We are not here to intricate your feelings or emotions against the p[people who are responsible for this tragedy, nor to talk about the politics of Sri Lanka which has become a secure den for thieves. My dear friends let us try to commemorate the innocent people who sacrificed their lives indicating a greater danger to come. Their death, unjust though it is, became an eye opener to the entire country. Our Lord himself said, “Do not throw your pearls in front of pigs”. Desperately that is what has happened to our beautiful island, the pearl of the Indian Ocean. The only thing that we can do in this transitional period where the entire country looks up to a genuine change, is to pray for our country. Let us earnestly pray for the faithful departed who are now entitled as “Easter Martyrs” and for all the families that are affected by this great tragedy. Their blood and tear sprinkled on the risen Christ saved the country. Let us feel solidarity with them. Let us not forget that they shed their blood for the country and for the church. In this moment where we have already spent one month after this tragic event let us be aware that this seminary is dedicated to Our Lady of Lanka, Our beloved mother as the patroness of our country, Let us rededicate this country to her maternal care at this crisis so that she would definitely intercede for us by her powerful prayers. Everyone would say we had “Black Easter”, but I would say we had a “Red Easter” on the 21st of April. The blood and tears of the innocent people were dissolved in the chalice of our Lord and consecrated. My dear friends let us remember these Easter martyrs by lighting the candles as beacons of hope. Bro. Deshan Almeda