Pastoral Notes 26th May, 2019

Ascension Thursday Again !

 A few years ago our Bishops decided, following other countries with a minority Catholic presence, to move the feast of Ascension to a Sunday.  Traditionally, following the description in the Acts of the Apostles, and in St Luke’s Gospel, the Ascension of Jesus into glory, is described alongside the disciples waiting to be anointed by the Holy Spirit (Pentecost).  This nine-days preparation is celebrated in Church from the Thursday of the feast to the Sunday of the feast of Pentecost.  From this rough ‘nine-day’ period, there has developed the custom of spending nine days in prayer for particular causes, sometimes personal, sometimes for the wider Church.  We pray at some length and with perseverance for a particular need or ‘cause’, pray to be guided in a good way, whatever the occasion.