02 June 2011
seems to be dying a slow death here in the USA. So few Churches celebrate the feast on the 40th day after Easter anymore. In Roman Churches here, it is mostly moved to the Sunday following. Some Lutheran parishes join together for service on its own day, but the congregation still diminishes yearly. Is it really unthinkable that Christ's people gather on a Thursday once a year? I often think, though, what a blessing that the first Ascension was attended only by 11 men on the earthly side of the service, but it was overflowing joy as the countless hosts of Angels and Archangels trumpeted the enthronement of Mary's Son as their King and welcomed home the human flesh to the throne it was first created for. Maybe it has ever been so - heaven realizing the greatness of the day and earthlings mostly oblivious. People loved by God, do not deprive yourselves if the unique joy of this splendid feast! I don't know how many showed up at St. Paul's tonight, but my sense is that each year it is less than the year before.
Posted by William Weedon at 9:33 PM