ASCENSION OF THE LORD
your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord.
Keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of his peace,
and bring the whole of creation
to worship at his feet,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
In the first book,
Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the
beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after
giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom
he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to
them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty
days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with
them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there
for the promise of the Father. "This," he said, "is
what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you
will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from
now." So when they had come together, they asked him,
"Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to
Israel?" He replied, "It is not for you to know the
times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But
you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and
you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth." When he had said this, as they
were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their
sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven,
suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said,
"Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?
This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come
in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."
REFRAIN God has gone up
with a shout.
your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a cry of joy.
the Lord Most High is to be feared; he is the great king over all
the earth. R
subdues the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.
chooses our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of the
praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our king, sing
God is king of all the earth; sing praises with all your skill.
reigns over the nations; God sits upon his holy throne. R
nobles of the peoples have gathered together with the people of
the God of Abraham.
rulers of the earth belong to God, and he is highly exalted. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
I have heard of your faith
in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for
this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember
you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and
revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your
heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has
called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among
the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power
for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.
God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the
dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far
above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above
every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age
to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him
the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the
fullness of him who fills all in all.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
Jesus said to them,
"These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still
with you that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the
prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened
their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them,
"Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to
rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and
forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all
nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these
things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so
stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from
on high." Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and,
lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them,
he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they
worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they
were continually in the temple blessing God.
OVER THE GIFTS
our Saviour Jesus Christ
has promised to be with us until the end of time.
Accept all we offer you this day,
and renew us in his transfigured life;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Eternal Giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom.
Confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.