He is risen, Alleluia!
Happy Feast of the Ascension & Happy Mother’s Day this joyous 7th Sunday of Easter !!!
Following is an excerpt from the Homily on the Ascension of Christ by St. John Chrysostom:
At this feast of the Master, the day of the Ascension, the devil is wailing, as we said, while the faithful are joyful. Now has the joyous spring dawned, and the beauty of flowers blossomed. The branches of vines are pruned, the olive trees give their sweet fragrance, the fig trees give their immature fruit, and the wind blows rustling the leaves, mimicking the dancing of the waves: all things rejoice with us at the ascension of the Master.
Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus–Beethoven Oratorio: Christ on the Mount of Olives–Hallelujah