Happy 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?”
I case you haven’t seen it yet, Fuller Seminary recently released this video featuring Bono and Eugene Peterson discussing their mutual love for the Psalms. Continue reading Bono, Eugene, and a Psalms Playlist
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!
Texts for Common Prayer (ACNA)
Common Worship Prayer (Church of England)
Book of Alternative Services (Canada)
The Valley of Vision (Puritan)
A Simple Way to Pray – by Martin Luther
The Divine Hours: Pocket Edition (Compiled by Phyllis Tickle)
Prayer Book of the Early Christians (Pre-Reformation Compilation)
Praying with the Church by Scott McKnight