Feast: The Ascension

17 May 2007

ascend06.jpgTherefore, beloved, the Son of Man who is Son of God has, in an ineffable way become more present to us in his Godhead now that he has departed from us in his humanity. . . . For though his incarnate nature continues to exist, faith is summoned to touch the only-begotten Son, not with bodily sense but with spiritual understanding.

-Saint Leo the Great, Pope, from his Sermon on the Ascension, 2.

Today is also the day that the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia reunites with its Mother Church, the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church.  A day for great rejoicing, any time churches once divided come together.

Gracious Father, we pray for they holy Catholic Church. Fill it
with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt,
purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is
amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in
want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake
of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.

O Christ our God, You ascended in Glory and gladdened Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Your blessing assured them that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.

-Troparion of the Ascension


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