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The Ascension is, in a sense, the completion of Easter. The meaning of Christ’s victory over death and sin is more fully revealed on the day of the Ascension when human nature is raised up and taken into heaven. The Ascension speaks to us both of our destiny – union with God – and of the present, in which we already live as citizens of the kingdom of heaven.
This Sunday is Rogation Sunday. Our preacher will be the Rev’d Alan Moses, Vicar of All Saints Margaret Street. All Saints Margaret St has an important historic connection with the Oxford movement and with Pusey House, and remains a vibrant catholic parish to this day.
The word “Rogation” comes from the Latin word rogare meaning "to ask" or "to pray". Rogation Sunday and the three Rogation Days which follow are days of special prayer in preparation for the celebration of Ascension Day. Traditionally, Rogation Sunday and the Rogation Days have been days on which prayers have been said for God's blessing on the planting of crops and for God's protection against calamities of all sorts.
Rogation Sunday is also associated with the ‘beating of the bounds’, when parishioners walk around the boundary of their parishes. We will welcome St Gile’s Church and choir at Pusey House on Sunday evening as part of their walking the boundary of St Gile’s parish, which goes down the middle of the nave of the Pusey Chapel.
On Wednesday evening, 4 May, at 6 pm, we will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord. The preacher will be the former Principal of Pusey House, the Rt Rev’d Jonathan Baker, the Bishop of Fulham. There will be a congregational meal after the service