Solemn Sung Eucharist for Ascension Day

Solemn Sung Eucharist for Ascension Day

When the phrase ‘Solemn’ Eucharist is used it usually indicates the use of incense. There are one or two occasions in the Church’s year when incense is particularly appropriate. One of these is Epiphany with the account of the kings bringing their gifts, which included frankincense. The other is Ascension Day when the rising incense reminds us of Christ rising, with us and with our   prayers, into heaven. Naturally, not everyone is happy with incense but there are others who would like to see it used more often, so the service on   Thursday evening will be an opportunity, not only to experience incense, but also to sing some Ascension hymns and to hear the choir sing William Croft’s fine anthem ‘God is gone up with a merry noise’.