On Thursday 13th May, all are welcome to join us, in the Cathedral or via the live stream, for services taking place on Ascension Day to mark the ascension of Jesus into heaven after his resurrection from the dead. Since the late fourth century, Ascension Day has been celebrated forty days after Easter and in the biblical account in the book of Acts, Jesus commissions his disciples to continue his work and promises the gift of the Holy Spirit.
A Festal Eucharist, presided over by Canon Mark Collinson will be held at 12 midday with a commissioning for Thy Kingdom Come. The Right Reverend David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke will be preaching. The Festal Eucharist will conclude with a dismissal from the Deacon, Canon Andy Trenier, in which the Bishop of Basingstoke and Canon Mark will leave through the West Doors to start the Prayer Walk to the Church of St Cross. Members of the congregation are welcome to join the Prayer Walk.
At 5.30pm, a Festal Eucharist will be held, presided over by Canon Roland Riem and will include choral music from the Choristers and Lay Clerks.
Both services are available to join online.
A Novena of prayer will run from Ascension Day through until Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus. All are invited to join in, using the resources available from Thy Kingdom Come.