A new week begins. I am going up to Auckland to the Anglican School’s Conference for the second part of the week. I am looking forward to spending time with colleagues that I so rarely am able to meet. But it does mean that I am going to miss this church’s celebrations of the Feast of Ascension on Thursday at the Mass at 10am or with the people of St. Luke at 7pm at Knox.
‘In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.’ (John 14:19) This is a forewarning of Jesus’ Ascension in our Gospel reading today.
I recently bought a National Geographic magazine, titled ‘Jesus and the Apostles, Christianity’s Early Rise’. I initially thought that it would contain a series of articles, but I was wrong. Well there are some, but it is full of the most incredible images, including paintings, mosaics, photographs. It documents the life of Jesus, the geography of the land of Jesus and the Apostles and the early Christian world.
It is open at a page entitled ‘Resurrection and Ascension’. It shows an image of a 12th century relief in stone from the Monastery of St. Dominic of Silos in Spain. There are six Apostles, all with haloes behind their heads, which are all looking upwards. Their identity is shown by the symbols that they hold. Above them are multiple tiers of waves rising to a point, focused on the head of Christ, recessed, again a halo behind his head and flanked by two angels whose bodies appear to be floating through these stone clouds, holding the last ripples of cloud as if to begin covering Jesus and to obscure him.
To quote, ‘The Resurrection of Jesus and his Ascension to heaven are central elements of Christian faith, demonstrating his conquest of death and his eternal presence “at the right hand of God.” The Gospels describe the resurrected Jesus as quasi-physical: able to eat food and be touched but also able to appear and disappear instantaneously. “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth,” Jesus tells his Apostles before his Ascension.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
The Reverend Anne Price
- Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display a parking permit (see list at the back of the church).
- John De la Bere is now in Ward D1 at Burwood Hospital.
- Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
- Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
- Ascension Day: Mass on Thursday with S. Luke’s at the Knox Centre at 7:00 pm.
- Quiet Day: Saturday from 11:00 am at CSN Retreat House, conductor Jay Behan. Please bring your own lunch, tea and coffee provided. All welcome.
- Bible Study Group meets next on 29 May, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenical Service, Cathedral 30 May 5:30 pm.
- Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: 4 June. Please speak to Alice if you plan to come.
- Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
- Angel Pockets/Blankets: thanks to all who supported this nationwide project. The organisers were thrilled and very grateful. The wraps will be distributed locally.
- Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
- Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.