On this day: The Ascension

by Gerelyn Hollingsworth

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On this day, we celebrate the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

"The great silence that falls upon the earth at the Ascension is the stilling of the wingbeats of the immortals. Their time is over. There is a man in heaven, and men and women are no longer to bow down to angels or to empires. There are no gods, only the children of the living God, brothers and sisters of the proper man, who wishes us to be free. If we gaze into the heavens we will see nobody, only Jesus."

-- "A Sermon for Ascension", Monastic Vespers, Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1995, from Walking to Emmaus, by Eamon Duffy, Burns & Oates, 2006.

Click here for the Liturgy of the Hours.

Click here for the Mass Readings.

Click here to listen to the Schola of the Hofburgkapelle, Vienna, chant "Viri Galilaei", the Introit for the Ascension.

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