“Ascension Day” by Christina Rossetti

ASCENSION DAY

By Christina Rossetti

“A Cloud received Him out of their sight.”

When Christ went up to Heaven the Apostles stayed
Gazing at Heaven with souls and wills on fire,
Their hearts on flight along the track He made,
Winged by desire.

Their silence spake: “Lord, why not follow Thee?
Home is not home without Thy Blessed Face,
Life is not life. Remember, Lord, and see,
Look back, embrace.

“Earth is one desert waste of banishment,
Life is one long-drawn anguish of decay.
Where Thou wert wont to go we also went:
Why not today?”

Nevertheless a cloud cut off their gaze:
They tarry to build up Jerusalem,
Watching for Him, while thro’ the appointed days
He watches them.

They do His Will, and doing it rejoice,
Patiently glad to spend and to be spent:
Still He speaks to them, still they hear His Voice
And are content.

For as a cloud received Him from their sight,
So with a cloud will He return ere long:
Therefore they stand on guard by day, by night,
Strenuous and strong.

They do, they dare, they beyond seven times seven
Forgive, they cry God’s mighty word aloud:
Yet sometimes haply lift tired eyes to Heaven–
“Is that His cloud?”

It’s Holy Week in the Eastern Calendar!

It’s Holy Week in the Eastern Calendar! The drama of this week culminates in the Great Saturday Vigil (April 30) and Holy Pascha (May 1). The services that accompany these days are among the most enriching and dramatic Christian celebrations in all of Christendom. Let the Paschal Troparion reverberate throughout the earth!
Christ is risen!

Read about the dating of Orthodox Easter here.
Read the Easter sermon of St. John Chrysostom here.

Basic Prayer Resources from “The Great Tradition”

Anglican:

The Book of Common Prayer 1979

Texts for Common Prayer (ACNA)

Common Worship Prayer (Church of England)

Book of Alternative Services (Canada)

The Collects of the Church Year: BCP

Prayers from the BCP (1549)

Presbyterian:

Book of Common Worship 

The Valley of Vision (Puritan)

Lutheran:

A Simple Way to Pray – by Martin Luther

Lutheran Book of Prayer (5th Edition)

Anabaptist:

Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book Volume One

Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayer Book Volume Two

Catholic:

Magnificat: Daily Prayer

The Liturgy of the Hours

Shorter Christian Prayer: Liturgy of the Hours with Morning and Evening Prayer

Orthodox:

Common Prayers for Orthodox Christians

My Orthodox Prayer Book

The Divine Liturgy (St. John Chrysostom)

Book of Common Prayer (Western Rite – Catholic and Orthodox)

General:

The Divine Hours: Pocket Edition (Compiled by Phyllis Tickle)

Prayer Book of the Early Christians (Pre-Reformation Compilation)

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

Praying with the Church by Scott McKnight