A Message from Fr. Paul
The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord is both beautiful and powerful. The language of the hymns and the readings, like the theme of the day, uplift our hearts. The power is in the depth of meaning as the words accentuate that by Jesus ascending bodily to sit at the right hand of the Father in heaven, He has lifted up our humanity as well!
The hymns proclaim that the angels were amazed seeing a body ascending. "What are we beholding? Human in form is the one we are seeing here. He has a body; and yet, look how He ascends far above the heavens, as our God."
The hymns of the Ascension also point to the coming feast of Pentecost as the Lord did promise to send the Holy Spirit. "To the sacred band of the Disciples did the risen Lord command: Tarry in Jerusalem and I shall send you another Comforter, who shares the Father's throne and is of equal honor with me whom you see now in heaven taken up, being carried aloft on a cloud of light."
The feast of the Ascension of our Lord is a wonderful reminder to always have our hearts and minds lifted up towards the heavens, reflecting on and embracing the grace which comes from above and preparing for the kingdom to come.
(The translations of the hymns were taken from "ages initiatives".)
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Orthros: 8:45 a.m. Divine Liturgy 10:00 a.m.
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