Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Solemnity of the Ascension

“First of all, let me say that things have changed quite a bit since I last celebrated Mass here at Ascension. Thanks to your careful planning, your generosity, and your love, and thanks to the wonderful leadership of your pastor, Fr. John Williamson, this church has been transformed beautifully with a handsome new altar as the focal point. I also thank you for working so closely with Father Williamson in order to unite Ascension Parish and St. Augustine Parish in a single pastorate. I deeply appreciate your openness, hospitality, and spirit of cooperation. Warmest thanks and warmest congratulations for all you have accomplished.

“It is also joy for me to celebrate Mass here, on this your feast day, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. The Scripture readings speak of the Lord’s disciples as a work-in-progress; they speak of the greatness of the Exalted Lord’s power on our behalf; and they speak of the mission that has been entrusted to us. Let’s briefly look at these three points.”

Read the complete homily HERE.


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