28 May 2011
Rogate this week
and so Easter is fast waning. This Thursday is the Feast of the Ascension (7:15 p.m. at St. Paul's - you all come now, you hear?). Unique to have the day (Rogate) named from the Gospel reading rather than the Introit - "Ask already, will ya?" might be a rough paraphrase. This is the Sunday when the Church focuses on the joy of prayer in the name of Jesus. Tonight and tomorrow we'll sing all nine stanzas of Luther's Vater Unser. Don't worry - the cantor relieves the congregation a bit with doing the even stanzas. And so the Easter season wends to its closing. On Thursday we'll move the Paschal Candle stand from sentry duty at the Altar back to the Baptismal font. Then one more week of Easter joy till its fulfillment in the Day of Pentecost, which closes out the "Semester Domini." That means "plain old" DS 3 comes back - and how we'll welcome it! The Kyrie and Gloria and Alleluia - all back to "normal." Easter was overwhelmingly joyous, but we know that it is but a foretaste. The 50 days are a bit of heaven on earth, but we're not in the Parousia yet, no matter how joyously we anticipate it. Back to kneeling to receive our Lord's body and blood; back to the regular liturgy; back to pilgrim church.
Posted by William Weedon at 7:59 PM