Brothers and sisters in Christ, peace be with you.
This is the Lord's own greeting, and we are in need of the gift of his peace as we come to terms with two more major earthquakes and the stress and uncertainty they have brought into our lives.
Buildings have been further damaged, including our Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, but no lives have been lost.
I keep our Diocese and its people very much in my prayers and am greatly reassured by the promise of prayers for us all from people living in other parts of New Zealand.
The people of the Church have shown huge support for and solidarity with us and we need to be grateful and include them in our prayers.
May God bless you all.
+ Barry Jones
Bishop of Christchurch