Weekly Musings from the Priest Administrator
Saint James Church, St. Augustine, FL
A Catholic Community of the Personal Ordinariate
of the Chair of Saint Peter

The Ascension of the Lord, T-minus two days, and counting

I'm not implying any irreverence here, gently comparing the Lord's Ascension to the recent spate of missile launches around the world. Actually the notion of counting the days from Passover to Pentecost goes back to the Hebrew Bible, the so-called "counting of the Omer". Certainly the New Testament authors were keen on the 40 day count between Resurrection and Ascension, something of an echo of the Lord's 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. Only now the Lord instructs his disciples, "through the Holy Spirit", on the finer points of the Kingdom of God, something He could not do with this novice class of disciples earlier.

Be all that as it may, those of us in town have a real opportunity to celebrate Ascension Day on the REAL Ascension Day as it has traditionally appeared on church calendars for centuries, ie. this Thursday, May 10th. Immediately preceding our weekly Study and Prayer time at 5:45 p.m. in the St. Ben's Rectory, I will be offering Holy Mass for the Solemnity of the Ascension at 5 p.m. in the church. This is a Holy Day of Obligation for Ordinariate members, although non-Ordinariate parishioners are not bound to so observe it on that day. The dioceses of the regular Latin Rite R.C. churches of the Province of Florida will all be celebrating the Ascension next Sunday, which for St. James will simply be the Seventh Sunday of Easter (as well as Mother's Day on the secular calendar). We have not celebrated a weekday Holy Day of Obligation at St. James for years, typically attending other churches in the area, but THIS TIME we're growing into our full patrimony, and the good people at the Cathedral have given us permission to use the St. Ben's church for our Ascension Day Mass. I do hope some of you will take the opportunity to attend, and also hopefully stay for our "Hour of Power" Study and Prayer time.

And that's about all I really needed to convey at this time. If any other resources pertinent to the Ascension come to my attention I'll send out another e-blast, but for now that's it. School is winding down at St. Gerard Campus, and I'm as keen as the kids on seeing it all come to a happy conclusion with the end of the academic year, and the excitement of commencement exercises.

The Lord bless you all "real good", as they say back in Texas!

Fr. Nicholas A. Marziani, Jr., D.Min.

P.S. Many thanks to those of you who contributed to the Seminarians Fund this past week - the Ordinariate has a future, and these young men will pilot the ship in due course!