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Ascension Thursday

“…He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father.”
 
Tomorrow, May 10th, is Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation. Low Mass  will be offered at 5:30 p.m.
 
“It is no exaggeration to say that the feasts of Annunciation and Christmas have their exact counterpart and, indeed, their fulfillment in the Ascension. Christ united himself to our nature in order to raise us up to God. The Word became flesh and made his home among men, but through the Ascension, “the head of our human race is at home, where only God is at home.” And he ascended, not to abandon the earth—much less his flesh—but to fill all things with himself” (Hieromonk Herman (Majkrzak)).

Executive Committee meeting

Earlier today, following the Laetare Sunday Mass offered by Father Peter Langevin (Diocese of Norwich, CT), the executive committee of the SGS met in the parish rectory to review the activities of 2017 and chart a course for 2018. The meeting was chaired by Nicholas Renouf and Bill Riccio.

Prayers for the good work of the St. Gregory Society.

Ember Days for Spring 2018

The Spring 2018 Ember Days begin today, and continue on Friday and Saturday. There is an intensity of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Ember Days.

Ember Days are days of  fasting and partial abstaining from meat: days of penance with the intention of thanking God for the gifts He gives us in nature and asking Him for the discipline to use them in moderation. The fasts, known as “the fast of the four seasons,” are rooted in Old Testament practices of fasting four times a year:

Zacharias 8:19

Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah, joy, and gladness, and great solemnities: only love ye truth and peace.

It is good to ponder what St Cyril of Jerusalem once said,

“I praise and glorify Him that made us; for it is a divine command which saith, Let every breath praise the Lord. I am attempting now to glorify the Lord, but not to describe Him, knowing nevertheless that I shall fall short of glorifying Him worthily, yet deeming it a work of piety even to attempt it at all. For the Lord Jesus encourageth my weakness, by saying, No man hath seen God at any time.”