“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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REPORT - ASCENSION THURSDAY

Our Chaplain, Father David Irwin, celebarted a Missa Cantata of the Feast of the Ascension in the Lady Chapel of Saint James's Spanish Place yesterday evening, with music sung to chant by members of Schola Baptista, attended by professed of the Grand Priory, knights and companions, as well as some parishioners.
The extinguishing of the Paschal candle "et ascendit in caelis"
With the feast of the Ascension we begin the closing days of Eastertide, in preparation for the great Feast of Pentecost, the sealing of the new Covenant of our Redemption by the Holy Spirit. Today marks the beginning of the Novena of Pentecost, which the Church encourages us all to observe.
The Pentecost mosaic in the Sanctuary at St James's
 Prayers to the Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, Who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium: et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.
Oremus. Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere; et de eius semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.