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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Ascension Day

We in the west celebrate Ascension day today. The 40th day of the Resurrection, when Jesus returned to Heaven with the promise to return in the same manner. In 10 more days we will celebrate Pentecost, which is actually the second most important holiday in the Christian year. Pentecost is the day when the promise of the gift of the Holy Spirit was fulfilled, and when the Apostles received power to do the tasks our Lord gave them.

This year, Pentecost falls on Mother's Day, so our Tongues of Flame barbecue may be little attended. I've always wanted to have a talent show for Pentecost, since the gifts of the Spirit were bestowed that day. We haven't managed to pull that off yet, but we celebrate with our tongues of flame barbecue like the tongues of flame that descended on the disciples.

Jesus told the apostles to wait until they were endued with power, He blessed them and told them to wait. So today we, too, wait, praying as we did this morning:

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ, to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

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