St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral welcomes well-known Episcopal theologian Dr. Deirdre Good as guest preacher for the Ascension Day service on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. In addition to featuring a sermon by Dr. Good, the service will include scripture readings, incense, a combined convocation choir, and Holy Eucharist.

The Feast of the Ascension of Christ or Ascension Day commemorates the 40th day of the Easter season. On this day Jesus ascended bodily to heaven after he rose from the dead and dwelled with humans. This ancient ecumenical feast focuses on more than where Christ is located. For the first time since meeting Jesus, the disciples ask how they will carry on now that their leader has gone away.

As the nucleus of the diocese, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral is dedicated to serving the needs of the surrounding Episcopal community. Inspiration for this service came, in part, from the request of clergy in the convocation (a subdivision of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.) They requested that the cathedral celebrate services that are more difficult to offer in local parishes where there may be challenges celebrating less-popular feast days.

In response to this request, St. Stephen’s invites convocation churches to participate in the Ascension Day Service. The choir at the cathedral encourages choir members from convocation parishes to join them for this special service. To participate, arrive at 6 pm to learn the anthem. Enter through the doors on Front Street and ask for directions to the choir room.

Free parking for the service will be available in the PA Housing Finance Association parking garage on River Street between Locust and Cranberry Streets. Street parking will also be available for free throughout the Downtown Improvement District starting at 5 p.m.

This event is wheelchair-accessible. Handicapped parking can be found to the left of the school entrance on Cranberry Street; enter using the ramp at the main entrance on Front Street.

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