HE COLLECT for Ascension Day - Thursday 9th May
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
This prayer is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), which is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.
The Passion of Jesus and the glories Easter are central to our Christian faith. Take away Christmas and the mystery of God present and at work among us still remains. Take away Easter and the Resurrection, on the other hand, and the very basis of our faith falls.
In a very real way, the whole of our Church's Year is a preparation for and celebration of the Passion and Resurrection. They are at the very heart of all that we do, and lie behind all the major themes of our Church's life. When we have a baptism for a new member, it is into Christ's death and resurrection that he or she is baptized. Our celebration of Holy Communion, recalls the Last Supper on the eve of Christ's passion. Finally when we reach the end of this life, it is the resurrection that gives us hope and joy.
It is Christ's resurrection alone that gives meaning to all we are as a Church. Indeed without that, Paul tells us, we are the most unhappy of all people for our faith is in vain. On this one fact, above all else, is our faith founded. Indeed as Christians it is our great hope that all this is but the merest foretaste of the yet more wonderful glories to come.
Frank Gimson, Team Rector
Alleluia Christ is Risen!