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Easter and Ascension

Easter

Fire and water 1

When Our Community gathers  on Easter Sunday, the Liturgies of Fire and Water precede the Liturgy of The Eucharist.

 

The new Paschal Candle is lit and the new Water of Baptism is blessed. Baptismal Vows are renewed with lighted candles held aloft and the proclamation is heard, “Christ Is Risen!”

 

The new Easter Water is distributed to those gathered who leave the Assembly to continue their faith journeys renewed and re-invigorated in The Risen One. 

Ascension

 

The Ascension of Our Lord, which occurred 40 days after Jesus Christ rose from the dead on Easter, is the final act of our redemption that Christ began on Good Friday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven (Luke 24:51Mark 16:19Acts 1:9-11). 1

Although the place of the Ascension is not distinctly stated, it would appear from the Acts that it was Mount Olivet. Since after the Ascension the disciples are described as returning to Jerusalem from the mount that is called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, within a Sabbath day's journey. Tradition has consecrated this site as the Mount of Ascension and Christian piety has memorialized the event by erecting over the site a basilica. St. Helena built the first memorial, which was destroyed by the Persians in 614, rebuilt in the eighth century, to be destroyed again, but rebuilt a second time by the crusaders. This the Moslems also destroyed, leaving only the octagonal structure which encloses the stone said to bear the imprint of the feet of Christ, that is now used as an oratory. 2

 

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Pentecost

Margaret receiving the annointing

Margaret enters the Community via the RCIA at Pentecost 2010

 Pentecost

And so our Community enters into the joy-filled spirit this holy time of 50 days invites… Around this time, Christ Our hope celebrates the Anniversary of Margaret’s Baptism and Confirmation. The renewal of her commitment in the presence of her Community is a reminder to each of us that our Calling in baptism to follow the risen One is not to be taken lightly for “…the love of God impels us…” (St Paul)

 

Read about that first Pentecost....Acts of the Apostles 2:1–31



 The Day of PENTECOST used to be a united festival commemorating both the Ascension of Jesus and the descent of the Holy Spirit. But this eventually changed with Ascension Day becoming a part of Easter. In Jewish custom, the Passover was brought to completion some seven weeks after Passover at the Feast of Weeks, one of the pilgrim festivals of the old covenant celebrating the wheat or grain harvest). This was called Pentecost, meaning 'fiftieth day' in Greek. In earliest Christian custom a Christianised Passover remembered the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit as a single story over fifty days, celebrating the mystery of our salvation through Jesus Christ. The Day of Pentecost is commonly called Whitsunday (white Sunday) in English speaking countries, the name being derived from the white garments worn by those to be baptised at Pentecost. On the Day of Pentecost we celebrate the fact that our Lord sent the Holy Spirit, the strengthener, to reinforce the faith of the Apostles. Upon receiving this gift the Apostles went out into the world to preach, teach and baptise in Christ's name. On this sixth season of the Church's Year, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit as the birth of the church. The colour for this day is 'red' symbolising the tongues of fire.

 

THE SEASON OF PENTECOST The First Sunday after the Day of Pentecost is called "Trinity Sunday." Subsequent Sundays are numbered 'after Pentecost' until the First Sunday in Advent. Trinity Sunday is the day on which the doctrine of the Trinity has been celebrated since the late middle ages. It is the only day of the liturgical cycle, which does not call to mind one of the mighty acts of God. It stresses a balanced understanding of the mystery of God's self-revelation. With Trinity Sunday we see the culmination of our Lord's teachings as set forth in the creed. The word "growth" best sums up the purpose of the six month long season of Pentecost. The colour for Trinity Sunday is 'white.' However, the colour for the remainder of the Sundays after Pentecost is 'green.'  3

 

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  Image 1 Art-n-Stuff, Drawing Near to God, Feed my Lambs Posted on April 3, 2013 by godw1nz Standard A few words from my Easter sermon….
Sources: 1. Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia, modified on 16 December 2013,Ascension of Jesus , Accessed 18 December   2013,wikipedia.org<web:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ascension_of_Jesus>
             2. Wynne, J. (1907). Ascension. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved December 19, 2013 from New Advent:http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01767a.htm
                 3.  Church of Saint Cyprian, Updated 20 January 2001,Seasons, Pentecost, .angelfire.com/ ,Accessed 20 December 2013 ,<web:http://www.angelfire.com/oh2/stcyprian/seasons.html#12 >
 
 

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