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Ascension Thursday 2017

We learn several things on this feastday.  The dogma that Christ returned to heaven on Ascension Thursday was revealed by the angels who told the apostles.  Among Our Lord’s last words were His instructions not to worry about the future because the Father in His Providence will take care of everything and to go forth and preach the Gospel.  Most importantly, today heaven became our home because Our Savior, the Head of the Mystical Body of which we are members, is there preparing a place for us.

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Ascension Evening in the Cenacle

Ascension Thursday Evening 2017

The truth of the Ascension was revealed by the angels and the liturgy celebrates the feast forty days after Easter just as it is described in the Bible.  After the events of this day the young Church gathered around the Blessed Mother in the upper room  and continued steadfast in prayer for the coming of the Holy Ghost.

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The Greatest Day Of Your Life

Fifth Sunday After Easter 2017 – 1st Holy Communion Sunday

St. James in the simple and direct style of his epistle gives practical advice on living a moral life.  In the Gospel, Christ reveals the secrets of the Blessed Trinity to His apostles.  Also, today the children received their First Holy Communion and they were given their final instruction about Its importance and the effects of the Holy Eucharist in their lives.

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Mother’s Day

Fourth Sunday after Easter 2017

This Mass prepares us for the upcoming feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost when Our Lord returns to heaven and sends the Holy Ghost.  This day is also a secular holiday in which we honor our mothers.  Falling as it does during the month of May our thoughts naturally turn to our heavenly Mother and all that she has done for us.  A tangible sign of this comes under her title of “Queen of Peace” which was added to her litany and soon afterwards led to her apparitions at Fatima and the end of the first World War.

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Prayer Is Our Most Prudent Act

Sunday After The Ascension 2016

This sermon focuses on the need to be prudent in our dealings with others and the need to pray, especially for our Church and our Nation.  In doing this we must forgive all injuries in imitation of Our Lord and the Saints.  One of the reasons for prayer is Thanksgiving and in this case gratitude for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, so needed in these times.  It is these gifts which make the practice of virtue easier than would otherwise be the case.  Also, we must remember that our prayers are always answered but not necessarily in the manner we expect.

 

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Ascension Thursday 2016

Morning Mass

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Today Heaven Became Our Home

Today’s sermon can be broken into two parts.   The first part is a reflection on the great Pope of Tradition, St. Pius V, whose feast falls on May 5th, but today gives way to the Feast of the Ascension.   The second is of course on the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven.  St. Pius V essentially gave us the Traditional Mass we celebrate today and codified it for all posterity.  He also did so much in the relatively short time of his papacy (7 years) that it would take many books to describe the impact he had on the Faith.  He promoted missionary activity, fought and won battles against both protestantism and mohammedanism and left us a catechism based on the doctrine of the Council of Trent.  Our Lord ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for us which is foretold by Jesus saying to his disciples: “Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s s house there are many mansions. If not, I would have told you: because I go to prepare a place for you. And if I shall go, and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will take you to myself; that where I am, you also may be.”  So, we can take from this being bonded to Our Lord through the Eucharist that Heaven is our real and final home.  It is our destiny if only we will keep the Faith.

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Evening Mass

 

Treasure In Heaven

Father mentions the words that Fr. Superior spoke this morning regarding St. Pius V whose feast day is May 5th but today gives way to the Feast of Ascension Thursday.  Though of relatively short duration, the pontificate of St. Pius V has enormous significance for us and the entire Church.  He gave us the Mass that we have today, taken directly from Saints Peter and Paul, and codified it for all eternity.  In regards to the epistle and gospel for the Ascension, Father mentions that we are required to regulate our affections. This means that if our hearts are for God, then our efforts will be towards the good, but if our hearts are towards evil, then our efforts will be towards evil.  Christ said: “where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”  This should also cause us to engage in mental prayer, which is the raising of our hearts and minds to God and showing Him how much we love Him.  This is especially important on this day when our Lord gives us the promise of our own entry into Heaven.  Mental prayer is really the easiest form of prayer but is often neglected in the rush of today’s world.

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