Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We greet each and every one of you in the name and love of Yahusha Maschiach, our Lord and Savior. We pray that you and your families are in good health, good spirit and basking in the joy of the Lord.
Today is a day of great joy! In spite of the fact that we are in the midst of one of the most somber and meaningful seasons of the Church, we celebrate the absolute dedication of the ones who serve on the front lines of ministry, even in the midst of this global pandemic.
Our Lord has called us to be His priests, and to serve His Church, of which He alone is King and High Priest of. He has called us into His sacred and divine priesthood, to serve Him and His people, not with lip service, not with cunning and seductive words, but with a pure heart and loving service to He who was, is and evermore shall be. Our service is fueled by the pure love we have for our Lord and His people.
As we proceed through these weeks of Lent, which is a time for prayer, reflection and sacrifice – we wait in anticipation of the annual remembrance of the sacrifice our Lord made on the cross, and overcame of the third day with His glorious resurrection. We focus on reconciliation and forgiveness, knowing that the scriptures teach us that, “if we forgive, we shall receive forgiveness.” In this we both suffer and struggle. However, once we allow ourselves to forgive, the sacrifice of the cross covers us, sustains us, and makes us whole again, washing us of our own sins for which our Lord died.
In preparation of the upcoming Holy Week, when our Lord exacted His triumphal entrance as King of kings (Palm Sunday), instituted the most sacred and divine sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (Maundy Thursday), stood before an unrighteous judge who condemned Him to death on the cross, taking your sins, my sins and the sins of the whole world upon Him, washing us and cleansing us from the wage of sin (death); paying the penalty for our sins (when He descended into hell); triumphing over by overcoming hell, death and the grave (Resurrection Sunday); receiving in it all power in heaven above and in the earth below, making Him truly the Lord of lords…we can not help but shout HalleluYah!!! Glory to El Elyon (The Most High God), knowing that not only did He die for us, but He rose from the dead, early on the third day…all for us! Glory to His name!!!
In recognition of the upcoming celebration of His glorious resurrection, we see the pure and evident effect it has upon our lives, our faith and the ministry of love and reconciliation He called us to. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that through the effective preaching, teaching and celebration of the mysteries of our faith, we are establishing two new Deaneries under the auspices of the Archdiocese of the MidWest, which is the central, administrative hub for the Abyssinian Apostolic Church.
Please join us in celebration for the expansion of the Church, through the establishment of the following:
The Deanery of the Missionary Diocese of the Northern Coast, which is entrusted to the care of +Charles E. Mitchell, Sr., Th.D., who shall be regularized in sacred order in accordance with the doctrines and discipline of the Abyssinian Apostolic Church during the 2021 Holy Convocation this November.
The Deanery of the Missionary Diocese of the Southern Coast, which is entrusted to the care of Bishop-Designate David J. Davis, DD, OSP, who shall be consecrated to Episcopal office and stature in sacred order in accordance with the doctrines and discipline of the Abyssinian Apostolic Church during the 2021 Holy Convocation this November.
As we expand, we look forward to establishing a Deanery in the Great Lakes area, which will eventually become a Diocese under the auspices of the Archdiocese of the MidWest.