The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, also called Ascension Day ranks with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter (following the accounts given in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51 and Acts 1:2), although in Canada the feast is normally moved to the following Sunday.
The observance of this feast is of great antiquity. Eusebius seems to hint at the celebration of it in the 4th century. At the beginning of the 5th century, St. Augustine says that it is of Apostolic origin, and he speaks of it in a way that shows it was the universal observance of the Church long before his time. Frequent mention of it is made in the writings of St. John Chrysostom, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and in the Constitution of the Apostles. The Pilgrimage of Aetheria speaks of the vigil of this feast and of the feast itself, as they were kept in the church built over the grotto in Bethlehem in which Christ is traditionally regarded as having been born.
This weekend, Deacon Brent brings a message entitled “Matthew’s Symphony #28” which focuses on the final chapter and the final verses found in Matthew’s Gospel. There is an old adage among composers of music, “Give them a good bang to end the piece.” The author’s of Matthew’s Gospel do that and even more.
The message uses one section from a video of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (1st movement) and two sections from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (4th movement). The purpose and character of each use is for non-commercial, educational purposes. The brief portions are used to make an academic, scholastic point about the Gospel of Matthew, which is what is being discussed in the message. The video fully credits the source of the work, providing the URL. The video and text for the hymn “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus” are in the public domain.
A reminder of the Zoom “Gather Us Together” for members of our churches each Thursday from 8:00-9:00 PM on the Zoom Video Network. Email us and we will send you the information you need to join.
A reminder also that the readings for every day can be found at https://livingwithchrist.ca and we encourage you to visit there each week.
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