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Ascension Day

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collect/opening prayer reflection for Ascension Day June 2

This is the week when the 40-day Easter Seasoners part company from the 50-day Easter Seasoners.
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Ascension Day reflection
In the Southern Hemisphere this begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Keep the Alleluias going.
Keep the Easter/Paschal candle lit.
Keep using white.

Encourage consciousness of Easter being a season, not just a day – “attend” Easter is 50 days and invite your friends.

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4 Responses to Ascension Day

  1. Love the picture. Ascension day always plays on my greatest fear. Will God leave and never come back? Is he already gone? Thats why I love todays prayer

    Eternal and gracious God,
    we believe your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
    to have ascended with triumph
    into your kingdom in heaven;
    may we also in heart and mind
    ascend to where he is,
    and with him continually dwell;

    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God now and forever.
    Amen.

    • Thanks, Omar. My sermon today picked up your point, trying to present a different model than the spatial one for heaven. Heaven, in the spatial model, is an other place; and if Jesus has gone to that other place – he is absent from this place. That does not IMO do justice to the texts where Jesus is present in word, sacrament, prayer, and community. So I worked around the idea of Jesus being in God’s future, bursting into our present in his death and resurrection, always there before us, whatever befalls us; giving us confidence and being our challenge…

  2. Ascension Pentecost and Trinity are faves of mine — into the mystery. There are so many images of the Ascension online – I love the Dali one where he seems to be doing a back flip into the universe. Here is a poem by Denise Levertov:
    Stretching Himself as if again,
    through downpress of dust
    upward, soil giving way
    to the thread of white, that reaches
    for daylight, to open as green
    leaf that it is…
    Can Ascension
    not have been
    arduous, almost,
    as the return
    from Sheol, and
    back through the tomb
    into breath?
    Matter reanimate
    now must relinquish
    itself, its
    human cells,
    molecules, five
    senses, linear
    vision endured
    as Man –
    the sole
    all-encompassing gaze.
    Eye of Eternity.
    relinquished, earth’s
    broken Eden.
    Expulsion,
    liberation,
    last
    self-enjoined task
    of Incarnation.
    He again
    Fathering Himself.
    Seed-case
    splitting.
    He again
    Mothering His birth:
    torture and bliss.

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