All three parts of Eastertide (Season of Easter, Ascensiontide and Pentecost with its Octave) share some common characteristics. Liturgically, there is much joy, shown by the many Alleluia-s and other features.
Another characteristic is that we are celebrating a definite event at the very beginning of the Season This helps us to focus our attention on the event celebrated, right at the start of the Season.
Ascensiontide can be a time of preparation, if we make use of the Novena of the Holy Ghost. Let us use this time wisely so that after gaining insights and strength during the time of Pentecost we are ready to put our shoulders to the wheel during the long stretch of the Season throughout the year!
… a penitential season, greeted with a firm determination to engage in penitential practices,. which we believe is something which is good for our soul and which makes us more able to immerse ourselves more fully in the joys of Easter.
The beautiful Lenten Propers help us to keep joyfully purposeful as we are in the task mortifying ourselves for the sake of self-purification, for atonement for our personal sins and for those of the world
Her is a hymn from the Lenten liturgy- chanted at ad Matutinum
Onward, Christian soldiers!
…. the Feast of Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes.
May She , by the grace of God be present in our hearts too, to be praised and implored for for help!
May She guide us to make the Season of Septuagesima (started on Febrrary 8th – see more about it under the tab “Breviary notes” ) spiritually fruitful!
… we are reflecting on the journey of the three Magi of the East, as led by the light of the star they journeyed toward seeing the light -giving King of the world, to lay their gifts at His feet.
See the notes on Epiphany in the tab of “Breviary notes” and look at the two hymns for the Season under the tab of “Devotions”!