Thursday, 17 May 2012

God is gone up!

Whether you are celebrating the Lord's Ascension today or on Sunday, some music to lift the spirits
Gerald Finzi's God is Gone Up, sung by the Choir of St John's College, Cambridge  - on the video it begins after Stanford's Justorum Animae at 3 munites 22 seconds.

Ancient Briton reminds us that today is the start of the Novena for the Church of England [here]
[And Fr Christopher Phillips of the Anglican Use Provision of the Roman Catholic Church reminds us of the apostolic origins of the Novena to the Holy Ghost -  herat The Anglo-Catholic ]

In the second lection at the Office of Readings today, St Leo the Great reminds us of what is at stake:

"...And so our Redeemer’s visible presence has passed into the sacraments. Our faith is nobler and stronger because sight has been replaced by a doctrine whose authority is accepted by believing hearts, enlightened from on high. This faith was increased by the Lord’s ascension and strengthened by the gift of the Spirit; it would remain unshaken by fetters and imprisonment, exile and hunger, fire and ravening beasts, and the most refined tortures ever devised by brutal persecutors. Throughout the world women no less than men, tender girls as well as boys, have given their life’s blood in the struggle for this faith. It is a faith that has driven out devils, healed the sick and raised the dead..."

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