Today in this country I have the feeling that a surprisingly small percentage of the population (and especially of the younger population) is aware of the influence of Christianity on our lives. As we approach Easter I wonder how many would, for example, be able to say why we celebrate this time of the year, what the symbolism of the Easter egg might be, or indeed what the beliefs of Jesus might have been and which he was crucified for.
The very basis of our culture and civilization, our parliament, our monarchy, our legal system, are irrevocably founded upon Christian thinking. It is the context of our lives and values. So much of our art and heritage are Christian, and of course the whole form of our religious life is enclosed within Christianity. It is our religious nationality. We live in Christendom.
Easter is the most important date in the Christian calendar and from it we see the beginning of something new, a change in the world, and one of the formative things in your life and mine. A vast panorama of historical events, the history of thought, art, culture, and social growth, derives from this source. Strands of significance extend back into history, sometimes describing torturous paths, but nevertheless traceable to a cross on a hill, and a promise about our lives even today.
As we celebrate it again this year, may it be a time to remember its significance, as well as enjoying our chocolate eggs and the Easter bunny.
With good wishes to all chapel members and friends,