May 11, 2017

City Hall, Edmonton

 

 

by Bishop David Motiuk

Eparchy of Edmonton

         This year’s 10th Annual March for Life falls within the Easter Season. Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

         We gather here today in the name of the Risen Lord to celebrate the dignity and sanctity of life. We sing out again and again, “Christ, risen from the dead, trampling death by death, and to those in the tombs giving life.”    

Our God desires life, not death.

         On that first Easter morning, “the Myrhh-Bearing Women arose, and, carrying spices, they came to the tomb of the Lord; and not finding what they expected, the pious women pondered the removal of the stone. They spoke to one another, saying: Where are the seals of the grave? Where is the guard which Pilate sent with great care? And behold, a radiant angel appeared and proclaimed to them: Why do you tearfully seek the Living One who gives life to all mortal flesh? Christ our God has risen from the dead. He is the Almighty One who grants to all enlightenment, eternal life, and great mercy” (At Psalm 140, Vespers, Myrrh-Bearing Women Sunday).

         Our God desires life, not death.

         Christ descended into the realm of Death and broke the ancient bonds which held the captive. The Immortal One destroyed the power of Death and arose again as a victor. The Author of Life has destroyed Death by his death, and grants us a new eternal life.

         And so we march. We march to remind ourselves, and others, of the dignity and sanctity of life. 

We march to remind ourselves, and others, that our Loving Lord took upon himself our human nature to restore its dignity and sanctity.

We march that God might enlighten the hearts and minds of all people here present and throughout the world.

We march that God might renew in us a deep awe and reverence for the dignity and sanctity of human life, from the moment of conception to the last natural breath.

We march for those who cannot march.
We march for unborn children, the most innocent and defenseless among us.
We march for Indigenous peoples, for murdered and missing women and children.
We march for those who are victims of poverty.
We march for the homeless.
We march for refugees and migrants.
We march for those exploited through human trafficking.
We march for those struggling with addictions.
We march for those who are victims of domestic violence.
We march for the sick and the dying.
We march for the elderly.

         Our God desires life, not death.

         Lord bless this our 10th Annual March for Life as we give public witness to the Joy of the Gospel and the dignity and sanctity of life.

         For you, O Christ our God, are the Resurrection, who grants us life, and we give glory to you, together with your eternal Father and your most holy, good and life giving Spirit, now and forever and ever. Amen.