Hope all’s well.
Sxty days now of lockdown/ hibernation / climbing the walls, we’ve done, or whatever you’re calling it.
And that’s us done 40 days of the Easter Season.
It’s the 2nd glorious mystery of the rosary and the final mystery of Christ’s life here on earth - the Ascension - today’s feast - Ascension Thursday.
40 days after Easter when we celebrate the fact that Jesus returns to God after being with his disciples after the resurrection.
What this feast does is it strengthens and reinforces our hope in heaven.
‘Lift up your hearts’ the priest says at every Mass.
This feast invites us to do just that. To lift up our hearts to God.
Christ ascended not to distance himself from us, but that we might be confident of following where he has gone before.
Our hope is very great and it’s reinforced by this wonderful feast, because Jesus has gone before us to prepare a place for us.
Can I invite you to join with me for 9@9.
What’s that you might be asking.
Well, Ascension to Pentecost is nine days. It’s the great novena of the church. The apostles prayed in the upper room for the coming of the Holy Spirit during these days.
I invite you to say the short prayer at the foot of this message at 9pm for nine nights starting tomorrow night.
I want to encourage you to enter into the novena of the Holy Spirit.
Invite the Holy Spirit to do something new in your life, in your heart.
As we all wait for Pentecost in these difficult and challenging times, we are waiting for the Holy Spirit to move in us in a new way, to help us, to give us courage, to really trust, to discover more God’s presence in every moment of our lives.
So, remember 9@9 for this short prayer to the Holy Spirit. Starts tomorrow Friday night. Let us, here in this parish of St Andrew, unite in prayer and in spirit each night at 9 in this novena.
Hope you have a good day.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.