Leigh Hatts  

Ascension tower top singing

Southwark Cathedral tower souvenir mug

Thursday 10 May is Ascension Day when we recall Christ ascending to heaven forty days after his resurrection.

This is the climax of Easter marked in many places by tower-top singing.

Choirs ascend their church tower to mark the day.

It will happen at St Davids Cathedral at 5.30am; Southwark Cathedral at 7.30am, Lichfield Cathedral at 7.40am and Great St Mary’s Cambridge at 7.45am.

The noon singing in Cambridge from the top of St John’s College chapel tower stops people outside in the street.

At Gloucester Cathedral 7am  Eucharist in the Quire is followed by procession to Cathedral Green as the choir sings from the top of the tower.

South Cerney Church in the Gloucester Diocese has long kept the tradition at 6.30am.

This year the Roman Catholic Church of England & Wales has abandoned its recent confusing policy of moving the Ascension observance to the following Sunday.

Together Anglican and Roman Catholic churches are again keeping the 40th day together on the traditional Biblical day.

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