Happy Ascension Day!

Alleluia! Christ the Lord ascendeth into heaven;

O come, let us adore him. Alleluia!

 

The Ascension is the third Great Feast of the Church after Christmas and Easter.  St. Leo gets us started about why.

At the end of His earthly life Jesus ascends triumphantly into heaven. The Church acclaims Him in His holy humanity, invited to sit on the Father’s right hand and to share His glory. But Christ’s Ascension is the pledge of our own. Filled with an immense hope, the Church looks up towards her leader, who precedes her into the heavenly home and takes her with Him in His own person: “for the Son of God, after incorporating in Himself those whom the devil’s jealousy had banished from the earthly paradise, ascends again to His Father and takes them with Him” (St. Leo).

Once ascended the Lord is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  The cosmic implications of His reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords is enough to keep us busy thinking and doing for a long time to come.

Alleluia! Christ the Lord ascendeth into heaven;

O come, let us adore him. Alleluia!

Ascensiontide blessings,

Fr. Wayne

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