Omnia karissimi quae Dominus Iesus Christus in hoc mundo, (32) both sermons for Ascensiontide
As early as 1250, William de Bermingham, the lord of the manor, was granted the right to hold a four-day fair at Ascensiontide
which will include motets for Ascensiontide
and Pentecost by Byrd, Tallis, Marenzio, Palestrina and Stanford as well as two pieces in praise of St Cuthbert, one by John Roper and the other by Paul Spicer.
The programme felt just a little odd: church music from Easter, Ascensiontide
and, briefly, Christmas, as well as a varied selection of madrigals and a particularly beautiful and moving arrangement of the traditional folk-song O Waly Waly.
Then he went on to say that you can't see Jesus in the world; he has, as we remember at Ascensiontide
, gone back home out of sight, but God is everywhere in the world, and the invisible Jesus is there in the world too.
This recalls the form of the Anglican collect where, at Ascensiontide
, for example, the feast ("we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens") is matched by the congregation's resolve: "so may we also in heart and mind thither ascend" (Book of Common Prayer 139).
He had, in fact, originally planned to make his state visit with the duchess in 1620 and, as in 1623, had timed it to coincide with Ascension Day so that he could enjoy not only the most spectacular of the Venetian annual ceremonies, but also the Ascensiontide
fair in St Mark's Square.