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ASCENSION THURSDAY

May 21, 1998             SECTION ONE              vol 9, no. 99

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LITURGY FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION

     The meditation for today states that "on the fortieth day after His Resurrection, after having trained His Apostles for their high calling to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, Jesus prepared to ascend on high to where the glories of Heaven awaited Him. "Jesus entered into Heaven to enter into possession of His glory. On His Ascension into Heaven He took His place as Man beside His Heavenly Father and was exalted above all other human creatures. Christ's Ascension is also the assurance of our own ascension into Heaven after the Last Judgment. He entered into His Kingdom to prepare a place for us, for He promised to come again to take us to Himself." This is the essence of this special feast we celebrate today in most dioceses of America, except in the west and Canada where they celebrate the feast of Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Bishop and Religious Founder. For the liturgy, readings, meditation and background, click on LITURGY OF THE DAY

THURSDAY, May 21, 1998

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD INTO HEAVEN

     For some strange reason, in the dioceses and Archdioceses in the West (Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Hawaii) the Solemnity of the Ascension is not celebrated on this day but transfered to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. In its place they celebrate Thursday in the Sixth Week of Easter or the Feast of Saint Eugene De Mazenod, Bishop and Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

SAINT EUGENE DE MAZENOD, BISHOP AND RELIGIOUS FOUNDER

Friday, May 22, 1998


Ascension to Pentecost Novena of Rosaries for Pope begins today

     Today begins a massive campaign by the Marian movement worldwide to rally the faithful to pray the Rosary for nine consecutive days in calling on the Holy Spirit to guide Pope John Paul II to make the right decision that is in accord with God's Will, particularly on whether the Holy Father will proclaim the definitive dogma of Blessed Mary as CoRedemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces. Many have anticipated this will come about on the Feast of Pentecost, but no confirmation has been made. What can be made are countless petitions to Heaven through this Rosary Crusade. We strongly endorse this campaign and encourage all to "rattle those beads."

Christ's Ascension paves way for Triumph of His Mother's Immaculate Heart

     In the seventieth installment of our megaseries on the state of the Church Today we begin a multi-part treatment on the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart and its meaning today. Today we kick this off with the first of a two part article by Father Dominic Maria on the words of Our Lady at Fatima on July 13, 1917: "In the End my Immaculate Heart will triumph." Click on WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM?
Installment Seventy

The Thirty-Second Clarion: The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
part one:

"In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph."

Our Lady's words to the visionaries at Fatima on July 13, 1917
      It is fitting that we begin our treatise on the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the Solemnity of her Divine Son Jesus' Triumphant entry into Heaven at His Ascension. We begin with an article wrtten by Father Dominik Maria on this special event.

     That has to be encouraging news for all. All we need to do is enlist and Our Lady will do the rest. In the next installment we shall complete this piece by Fr. Maria before delving further into the meaning of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.


Our Lady asks us to pray for the Pope and to lean on the Holy Spirit

      Those are the essence of the Blessed Mother's 151st and 152nd messages to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart which we bring you today in which Our Lady alerts us of the burden the Holy Father carries in his heart and that only through our prayers (see Rosary Crusade above) and calling upon the Holy Spirit will we be able to help effect her great Triumph sooner. Click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages One Hundred Fifty-One and Fifty-Two

Message One Hundred Fifty-One, February 6, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

Message One Hundred Fifty-Two, February 7, 1992

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)

PRAYERS & DEVOTION

Today's prayer is in honor of the Solemnity of the Ascension and taken from the "Treasury of Novenas"

God our Father, make us joyful in the Ascension of Your Son Jesus Christ. May we follow Him into the new creation, for His Ascension is our glory and our hope. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.


April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Today I call you, through prayer, to open yourselves to God as a flower opens itself to the rays of the morning sun. Little children, do not be afraid. I am with you and I intercede before God for each of you so that your heart receives the gift of conversion. Only in this way, little children, will you comprehend the importance of grace in these times and God will become nearer to you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE


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