The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata, rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Tex., is the featured preacher for Palm Sunday and Easter, March 25 and April 1, on “Day 1” with host Peter Wallace, the nationally broadcast ecumenical radio program also accessible online at Day1.org.
Girata came to Saint Michael and All Angels in 2016. Before that he was rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis, Tenn., and earlier, associate rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Ala. A graduate of Stetson University, Deland, Fla., Girata earned an M. Th. from Emory University, an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Duke University.
“Parade of Grace,” Girata’s sermon for March 25, is drawn from Mark 11:1-11, the story of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem celebrated on Palm Sunday. “In every way, this parade mocked the ways in which the leaders of the day put their power on display,” he says. “And in every way, Jesus would be pointing to the true power of God, a true power that is found in humility, in vulnerability, and in grace.”
“Get Up and Live,” his sermon for Easter Day, is based on John 20:1-18, which tells of Mary Magdalene’s finding the tomb empty and her encounter with the risen Jesus. “And my friends, we are just like Mary,” he says. “We want our world to be predictable, to be secure and certain and stable, but when we allow ourselves to live into the security we think we want, we miss what is right in front of us, the truth that we really need.”
The programs include interviews with Girata conducted by Wallace, who is also executive producer.
“Day 1” has been broadcast every week for 73 years, formerly as “The Protestant Hour.” Featuring outstanding preachers from the mainline denominations, “Day 1” is currently distributed to more than 200 radio stations across America and overseas. The program is produced by the Alliance for Christian Media, based in Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call toll free 888-411-Day-1 or check the program’s website, http://day1.org.