The Apostles between the Ascension and Pentecost

Ivory Diptych with the Ascension and Pentecost French, 1370-1380 Paris, Musée du Louvre, photo credit: Margaret Duffy, Ad Imaginem Dei blog

On this octave of the Ascension, Dom Gueranger gives us this glimpse into the transformation that has occurred in the apostles:

Before the Ascension the disciples were as inconstant in their love as they were in their faith. Jesus could not trust them. But no sooner had He left them, than they became warmly devoted to Him. Instead of complaining of their bereavement, they returned full of joy to Jerusalem. The thought of their master’s triumph made them forget their own loss, and they hastened, as He bade them, to the cenacle, where they were to be endued with power from on high.

Rogation Days this Week

Rogation Days Q and A
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week are the Rogation Days that precede Ascension Thursday. Historically the Catholic Church has encouraged the faithful to undertake processions on these days, asking God to bless the fields, so that farmers may have good harvests. In modern times we have tended to lose that connection. However, current events are bringing the farmer’s work back to the forefront of our concerns. There are readings and prayers for each day. You may find them and more on the history and explanation of the Rogation Days here.