Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ascension Day

One of the things I hope to do in coming years at my congregation is to have an Ascension Day service, as it us unfortunately one of the least remembered festival days on the church calendar.  An important part of establishing a Benedictine ethos in a parish would be to observe all major festival days, regardless of what day of the week they fall on. 

These words from St. Augustine emphasize the continuing importance of the Ascension event in our lives as Christians:

“Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.”

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