News on Ascension Day

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Ascension Day and for the week ahead commencing Sunday 16th May 2021: Thy Kingdom Come

What does it mean when we pray “Thy Kingdom Come” in the Lord's Prayer? The complete line is: “Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven”. How can God's Kingdom Come when we are already living in it? This Earth, Creation, the work of his hands – and we are merely the stewards of it for as long as our mortal lives allow. When we pray the Lord's Prayer, as we do frequently, do we take time to reflect on the words? More to the point, do we pray as frequently as we would like to?

For some years now, this period between Ascension Day and Pentecost has been dedicated to pray “Thy Kingdom Come”. Christians around the world are, as you read this, praying for God's Kingdom. That's pretty powerful! 11 days of continuous prayer – and we hope that you will join in. It doesn't have to be for the whole 264 hours, but please do take time to pray. There is a web-site that you can visit with a host of resources but you don't need to follow any conventions. What is important is that we put aside the many other distractions in our lives and spend time with God in prayer. After all, Jesus gave his life for us. Surely we can spend a little time to say thank you?

There is much to be thankful for – particularly as we emerge from the next stage of the Covid restrictions on Monday. But there is also much more to pray for. Those who have been bereaved; the situation in Israel and Palestine; or even how God's creation, our world, is threatened by pollution and destruction. If you are looking for something to guide your prayers and reflect on God's creation over the next 9 days, there is a Novena of Prayer to guide you.

The first Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter is at 6.00pm on Saturday 15th May. Parish Mass is on Sunday 16th May at 10.30am.

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

David Griffiths