Thursday, June 2, 2011

Prayer: Ascension Day Traditions

Today is Ascension Day! There are many superstitions and traditions surrounding this day. Here are a few of my favorites and suggestions for ways you can add them to your prayers today:
  • Eggs laid on Ascension day are said to never go bad and will guarantee good luck for a household if placed in the roof. Have eggs for supper and give thanks for the birds and farmers who raised them.
  • In Devon, it was an ancient belief that the clouds always formed into the familiar Christian image of a lamb on Ascension Day. Head outside with the family for a mini-sabbath by cloud watching--try to spot the lamb! 
  • If the weather is sunny on Ascension Day, the summer will be long and hot; but if it rains, crops will do badly and livestock, especially cattle, will suffer from disease. Luckily for us, the weather is great! Why not take a prayer walk and give thanks for this glorious day?!
  • According to Welsh superstition, it is unlucky to do any work on Ascension Day. If you can't take the whole day off, make sure to have a sabbath time built in somewhere to contemplate this Holy Feast.

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