On this page, we are sharing reflections from east London Christians on the second joyful Mystery of the Rosary, the Ascension of the Lord

Click here for an introduction to the People's Rosary Project, and links to earlier meditations.

The Ascension

When they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’

He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

Acts 1.6-10

As Olujamoke explains, Catholic Christians follow in the footsteps of Mary and the disciples in spending these nine days between Ascension Day and Pentecost in prayer for the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus promised his disciples that when he ascended into heaven he would send the Holy Spirit... In the Church, we still benefit up to the moment from that gift
Olajumoke Grace, Catholic Parish of Manor Park

Christ went forth to prepare a place for us, and he will come back to take us with him.
Rámond Mitchell, St George-in-the-East

As Rámond explains, the promises of this season help us to prepare with hope - in this life, and for the life to come.

After seeing their Lord ascend into heaven, the disciples returned to the city as witnesses joyfully proclaiming to all the new life which comes from the Crucified and Risen One...

This is the witness — born not only with words but with everyday life — the witness that every Sunday should flow from our churches so as to enter during the week into homes, offices, schools, meeting and recreational places, hospitals, prisons, homes for the elderly, in places crowded with immigrants, in the peripheries of the city...

The Holy Spirit is the true artisan of the multiform witness that the Church and every baptized person renders in the world. Therefore, we must never neglect to meditate in prayer in order to praise God and invoke the gift of the Holy Spirit.

This week, which leads us to the Feast of Pentecost, let us remain spiritually in the Upper Room, together with the Virgin Mary, to receive the Holy Spirit.

Pope Francis, Sunday after Ascension 2016

You are invited to pray the Rosary now.

Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus who ascended into heaven.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

If you have not prayed the Rosary before, you can read our introductory page here.

The People's Rosary is a project of the Centre for Theology and Community and De Mazenod Retreat House in east London.

We are grateful for the support of the Lady Peel Trust in developing this project.