Pastoral Notes 11th May 2014

The daily readings at Mass through the whole of the Easter season – finishing on the eve of Pentecost – are taken from the Acts of the Apostles. St Luke is not only author of one of the four Gospels, but also of the Acts of the Apostles, which takes us from the coming of the Holy Spirit on the disciples at Pentecost, through the early years of the Church, with the martyrdom of St Stephen, and the conversion of St Paul, to the arrival of St Paul, under armed guard and house-arrest in Rome. We see the sending of the Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to all nations.
In the Russian Orthodox and Eastern Catholic tradition, it is customary for the Deacon to chant his way through the whole of the Acts of the Apostles, as a lead up to the Easter Vigil. This mammoth task must surely be given only to the more youthful and robust deacons!