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Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,

Tonight, I rejoice in celebrating with you once again the glorious feast of our Lord’s Ascension, which is also the patronal feast of this wonderful parish.

The Ascension of our Lord completes the great pendulum swing of the Word – the Logos of God. He descended through His Incarnation in the womb of the Virgin Mary. And tonight, we celebrate His ascent back into the Heavenly Kingdom of His Father – from which, as God, He was never truly separated. As it says in the Scripture, He is our “great high priest, Who is passed into the heavens.” [*]