As he blessed them he was carried up to heaven
The Word This Week
Recently the bishops of England and Wales decided to move the celebration of Ascension to this Sunday. While this moves the feast away the fortieth day, it does open up this celebration as part of the journey of the Easter Season. Ascension is not just a feast that “happens to fall in Eastertide”: it is an integral part of the Easter mystery. Remember the Lord’s words at the Last Supper: “I am going to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me.” Jesus does not open the way to us just by rising from the dead: to complete the mystery presumes the Lord’s return to the Father. Ascension is therefore a feast of hope: our hope that the Lord will return, as he went. Our hope that he will take us with him, when our bodies are raised as his was. Our hope that we will take our place in heaven, where he sits at the Father’s right hand.
First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11
Responsorial Psalm: God goes up with shouts of joy the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Second Reading: Hebrews 9: 24-28, 10: 19-23
Gospel: Luke 24: 46-53
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2013 – 13TH TO 18TH MAY
Monday 13th 12noon Holy Trinity
Tuesday 14th 7pm Victory Church
Wednesday 15th 12noon The Salvation Army
Thursday 16th 7pm Richmond Rd Baptist Church
Friday 17th 12noon Fairhill Methodist Church
Saturday 18th morning: sponsored prayer walk and breakfast for Christian Aid Cwmbran at Cwmbran United Reformed Church. Walk starts 8.00am, breakfast 9.00am