13 May 2010

Ups and downs...

Depending on where you live, today is either the celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven, or it's the memorial of Our Lady appearing near the little village of Fatima. 

The Novena to the Holy Ghost should begin tomorrow (although it's confusing when we're not keeping the Solemnity of the Ascension, to which the Novena is tied - but, oh well...)

Anyway, here are the two collects for your devotion:

Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God; that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord, Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

O God, who in the blessed Virgin Mary didst consecrate a dwelling place meet for thy Son: We humbly pray that we, observing the appearing of the same blessed Virgin, may obtain thy healing both in body and soul; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.