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Blowing out the Paschal Candle

posted 28 May 2014, 12:42 by Dean Fostekew
Tomorrow sees the end of Eastertide (can it really be 40 days since we celebrated Easter?) with the dawning of Ascension Day. The feast of the Ascension is where the church commemorates Christ's entry into heaven following his resurrection and post-resurrection ministry. I love his final words to his followers as recorded in Matthew's Gospel account: (28:16-end)

β€˜All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’

It is a rally call to mission and evangelism and one we Christians need to engage with daily. These words were for many years my inspiration while working as a Mission Advisor in the Diocese and Province and I think they are now engraved on my heart.

Tomorrow we have a service at 10am but if you want a later one try the Cathedral at 5.30pm. At both of these acts of worship the Paschal candle will be extinguished as a sign of Christ's entry into heaven. It is a symbolic act but I think a very powerful one. We now await the fire of the Holy Spirit to set us all alight once again.