Alsike Kloster is a small nunnery within the Svenska Kyrkan, the (Lutheran)
In addition to being a center for orthodox opposition to the growing heterodoxy and heteropraxy in the
The text of Sr Marianne's Eastertide letter follows.
Very dear Sisters and Brothers:
As this was written in EASTER WEEK but time has run on, we now want first of all to wish you a blessed and joyous PENTECOST in communion with our Risen Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with whom we have once again celebrated His saving work in Holy Week, our baptism to his death and resurrection and now prepare to receive His Holy Spirit to maintain in us these saving events! Alleluja, alleluja, alleluja!
This year we had the privilege to insert a real baptism in our Easter Vigil when Nelo and his daughter Jennifer, victims of the civil war in Angola, were clothed in white and received into His Body, the Church. And at Pentecost the baby Milana from Kazakstan will also be baptized!
Secondly - as you might be interested to know about the consecration of the first bishop of the Missions province, the Right Reverend Arne Olsson, a former vicar and leader within the Lutheran Confederation, and as information of this event seems to have been very scarce outside Sweden we would like to give you some data.
It took place on February 5th in Gothenburg in the hall of the Schiller high school in the presence of a congregation of more than 600 priests and laypeople coming from all parts of
The head consecrator was the Bishop of the
After the consecration there was a short break for coffee and snacks, followed by High Mass and the ordaining of the three first priests of the
The ritual was taken from the order of the consecration of bishops and priests in the
The Missions Province was inaugurated last year after several years of discussions between representatives from the different traditional and biblical movements within the Church of Sweden, which have been deprived of having their candidates priested since the Clause of 1993, confirmed by the new Constitution of 2000, saying that candidates must be prepared to cooperate with women priests "in sacris". Other causes for dissension are the decision for women bishops in 1997 and the acceptance of same sex unions which is being proposed today.
Also the political bondage to the State was tightened rather than loosened by the same Constitution, which changed the character of our Church to that of a congregational body rather than an ecclesial with Episcopal jurisdiction.
Of course this step was received as a provocation by many in the official Church (the
Our community has joined the
Thirdly we are happy to be able to announce that an appeal for amnesty for all the refugees in hiding (at least 10 000) has been launched by the Council of the Churches and the Muslim Confederation, called the Pascal Upprop (appeal)/Uppror(rebellion), to which many prominent people and politicians have subscribed as well as several political parties, with demonstrations and lists of names all over Sweden. There is also another appeal called "Refugee Amnesty now" for those who are less religiously minded! There is a certain political readiness for such a decision, as a new refugee procedure is to be started next year and the social-democratic party has the lowest numbers for years and a general election to face 2006.
Thanks to Todd Granger of The Confessing Reader http://reader.classicalanglican.net
who in turn thanks Dr William Tighe, professor of history at