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May 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rediscovering a Major Feast and Major Function


The Feast of the Ascension is on Thursday, May 29th. Although it falls on a Thursday and has no commercial prospect of gifts or cards, this feast day celebrates one of the core realities of Jesus. Through the Ascension, Jesus is enthroned as King of Kings and Lord of Lords—and moreover, he prepares a place for us in that heavenly kingdom. It is in this role, that Jesus intercedes on our behalf before God. Jesus, who knows temptation, who has experienced being fully man through the incarnation, prays for us. Therefore, we should be functioning in a state of corporate intercession as well. This goes well beyond the Prayers of the People or reeling off our prayer lists. Interceding involves listening, waiting upon the Lord, and patience, as well as the speaking we often associate as prayer. 

 

To aid us in this rediscovery of intercession as a corporate act of prayer and worship, we will hold a prayer vigil, organized by the Daughters of the King, between the 10 AM and 7 PM services on Ascension Day. And beginning the following Thursday, we will have Eucharistic Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from Noon to 1PM, where we can listen, wait and sit in silent intercession before Jesus. Also, for the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost, we will pray for the Holy Spirit and the empowerment of the Spirit upon us, our parish, diocese and the Church world-wide. (This is the original “Novena”, from the Latin word for nine.)

 

Intercession is one of the spiritual gifts that is among the “hidden gifts” that St. Paul speaks of when comparing the gifts in the Church to a body. It is like a vital organ, a liver or heart, whereby without it the Church can not only fail to thrive, but will not even survive. Let us rediscover the function of interceding with purpose for ourselves, our loved ones, our parish, our vision—and celebrate the Feast of the One who has Ascended to the right hand of the Father, is seated as King, and intercedes for you and for me.


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