Ascension and Pentecost
According to the Gospel writer Luke, Jesus ascended into heaven 40 days after the Resurrection. The liturgical year follows Luke’s story line. Ascension is celebrated 40 days into the season of Easter and is often transferred to the following Sunday. On June 2 we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord, which isn’t as much about the geography of Christ as it is a celebration of Christ present in all times and all places. At the second service we celebrate the baptism of Pepper, daughter of Sean and Sally Thomas. This is also the day we will “quilt” our graduating seniors, a venerable PRLC tradition of “wrapping” our sisters and brothers in the love of God as they embark upon new journeys. Pentecost, a major festival of the church, is the climax of the 50 days of Easter. The reign of the Risen Jesus is spread through the life-giving Holy Spirit. Those in the WAY and Confirmation who were baptized and affirmed in their baptisms at the Easter Vigil will participate in the “Rite of Affirmation of Vocation.”
The Sunday after Pentecost is Holy Trinity Sunday, Then we settle into “ordinary time”, which isn’t so much a season as it is the marking of time and weeks between Pentecost and Advent. It is the “in-between” time between the first Pentecost and the fulfillment of time when Christ comes again. Also known as the “long, green and growing season,” the focus on the Gospel readings from Luke describe Jesus’ ministry and include his many parables.