Practice Resurrection: Ascension

I spent the weekend praying/crying/napping/hiking on a silent retreat and missed our final Eastertide post for Ascension Sunday.  It's too powerful of a marker in the liturgical year to skip, so can we make today "the Tuesday after Ascension"? 

 a monk practicing Shaolin Kung Fu, believed to be the oldest institutionalized style of kung fu, by Cal Court -  source

a monk practicing Shaolin Kung Fu, believed to be the oldest institutionalized style of kung fu, by Cal Court - source

 

A Sonnet for Ascension Day

We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place
As earth became a part of Heaven’s story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we were not parted
He took us with him to the heart of things
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and Heaven-centred now, and sings,
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
Whilst we our selves become his clouds of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light,
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed .

Malcolm Guite
Sounding the Seasons: Poetry for the Christian Year

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Today's Readings: Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 97; Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21; John 17:20-26; Luke 24:44-53

The Collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter - The Sunday After Ascension Day:

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son
Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to
strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior
Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.