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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

ASCENSION THURSDAY: 40 days after our celebration of Jesus' Resurrection on Easter. John+ UPDATED!

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Ascension Thursday

Ascension Thursday is upon us, 40 days after our celebration of Jesus' Resurrection on Easter.

For forty days Jesus, after his death and resurrection, appeared to his disciples and about 500 others.  He was the "same" but "different" at the same time.  Jesus could be with them, talk with them, and even eat with them.  But this couldn't go on forever.  It wasn't the Father's will that Jesus would set up an earthly throne somewhere in the world for us to make pilgrimage visits.  It was better for us and the world that Jesus would return to his Father.

When the day came, all the disciples were gathered together, and Jesus
led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.  And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were constantly in the Temple blessing God.

That's what we do every Sunday, gathering to worship and bless God and experiencing great joy.  Ten days from now we will be renewed in this Spirit at Pentecost:  Alleluia!
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UPDATE: A message from Fr. John on Ascension Thursday
Dear Friends:
Greetings on Ascension Thursday! This is a special day, so I'm sorry we can't come together for the Eucharist and a meal. Below are some thoughts I would like to share with you in case you have missed our blog. Peace, Love, and Joy to all, John+ and Terri too!


Ascension Thursday
Ascension Thursday is upon us, 40 days after our celebration of Jesus' Resurrection on Easter.
For forty days Jesus, after his death and resurrection, appeared to his disciples and about 500 others. He was the "same" but "different" at the same time. Jesus could be with them, talk with them, and even eat with them. But this couldn't go on forever. It wasn't the Father's will that Jesus would set up an earthly throne somewhere in the world for us to make pilgrimage visits. It was better for us and the world that Jesus would return to his Father.
When the day came, all the disciples were gathered together, and Jesus
led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were constantly in the Temple blessing God.
That's what we do every Sunday, gathering to worship and bless God and experiencing great joy. Ten days from now we will be renewed in this Spirit at Pentecost: Alleluia!




Saint Alban Episcopal Mission (English) meets for mass every Sunday at 10:00 A.M. (see welcome letter at sidebar) at Casa Convento Concepcion, 4a Calle Oriente No. 41, Antigua, Guatemala.



The Reverend John Smith, Vicar.
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