Went to Mass today for the Feast of the Ascension, and glorious it was too, a beautiful and very different sermon from Thursday, based heavily of the Holy Father's latest book on Jesus of Nazareth. It is just a shame they don't extinguish the Paschal candle at the OF Mass for the Ascension like they do at the Tridentine, it is a gesture loaded with symbolism and hope.
Actually I was sat in a little bloggers corner of people who were at the EF on Thursday, but in my self imposed anonimity, they do not know I know who they are......
Lovely too was vespers for the Feast of the Ascension, from which I have recently returned. The vespers hymn has an outstanding final verse:
Tu, dux ad astra, et sémita,
Sis meta nostris córdibus,
Sis lacrimárum gáudium,
Sis dulce vitae praemium.
which translates very roughly as:
Our guide, our way to heavenly rest,
Be thou the aim of every breast;
Be thou the soother of our tears,
Our sweet reward above the spheres.
H/T David Forster for the full text.
Now that's something to have on your tombstone.