Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Ascension Day 2008

Click HERE for a wonderful Ascension Day sermon by John Henry Newman, or HERE for one of my favourite sermons of Bishop Charles Grafton, which is equally appropriate for today.

Don't forget tonight's Sung Mass at 7.00 p.m.

Thou hast raised our human nature
In the clouds to God's right hand;
There we sit in heavenly places,
There with thee in glory stand.
Jesus reigns, adored by angels;
Man with God is on the throne;
Mighty Lord, in thy ascension
We by faith behold our own.
Bishop Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885)

Prayer for God's help - St Alcuin of York (735-804AD)

Give me, O Lord, I beseech thee, 
firm faith, unwavering hope, perfect charity.
Pour into my heart 
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and spiritual strength,
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness,
and the Spirit of thy holy fear.
Light eternal, shine in my heart.
Power eternal, deliver me from evil.
Wisdom eternal, scatter the darkness of my ignorance.
Might eternal, pity me.
Grant that I may ever seek thy face 
with all my heart and soul and strength;
and, in thine infinite mercy,
bring me at last to thy holy presence
where I shall behold thy glory
and possess thy promised joys. Amen.

Forthcoming Ordination

Pray for Deacon Stephen Hill who will be ordained to the priesthood this coming Saturday, 11.00 a.m., at St Stephen's College Chapel, Reserve Road, Coomera. 

In fact, why not come along, if you can. The preacher is to be Father Andrew Kinmont. Childminding has been arranged.

At 9.30 a.m. the following morning (Sunday), Father Stephen will be the celebrant at Patmos House Community's Sung Mass. 
Venu (as usual): Second Floor, Shafston International College, Cnr Shafston Ave & Castlebar St, East Brisbane (just off the Story Bridge). 
Click HERE for directions.

TODDLERS' CHURCH is on simultaneously with the first half of Mass this Sunday in the next-door room. Everybody welcome! 

And, if you can, bring a plate of nibbles to share at morning tea time.