A year ago on Ascension Day, I wrote these words on this blog:
"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.'"
Well, a year later, we had an Ascension Day service in our newly renovated chapel this morning, and we will have another one tonight at 7:00 p.m. Thanks be to God!