Patristic / Medieval
Augustine 2 (Ascension)
Leo the Great 1(Ascension)
Leo the Great 2
Gregory the Great (Ascension)
Fathers on the Ascension
Pearson - On the Creed
Taylor (Creed and
from Words for Life
Cusick (Meeting Christ
Donne poem - La
Keble poem -
Ascension from The Christian
to Images of the Ascension
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that
since we do
believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended
the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with
him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy
one God, world without end. Amen.
THE former treatise have I made, O Theophilus,
that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which he was
up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto
apostles whom he had chosen: to whom also he shewed himself alive after
his passion, by many infallible proofs; being seen of them forty days,
and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: and, being
assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not
from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith
ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but ye
be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they
were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this
time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them,
It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father
put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me, both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they
he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. And
while they looked stedfastly toward heaven, as he went up, behold, two
men stood by them in white apparel; which also said, Ye men of Galilee,
why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is
up from you into heaven, shall so come, in like manner as ye have seen
him go into heaven.
S. Mark 16. 14
JESUS appeared unto the eleven as they sat at
upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they
believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he
unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that
In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new
they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it
not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall
So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into
and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and
every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with
O CLAP your hands together, all ye people; / O
God with the voice of melody.
2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared; / he
great King over all the earth.
3 He subdued the peoples under us, / and the
under our feet.
4 He chose our heritage for us, / even the
of Jacob, whom he loved.
Ant. God is gone up with a merry
/ the Lord with the sound of the trump.
6 O sing praises, sing praises unto our God; /
praises, sing praises unto our King.
7 For God is the King of all the earth: / sing
Glory be. Repeat Antiphon.
17 The chariots of God are ten thousands, yea,
upon thousands; / and the Lord is among them, as in the holy place of
18 Thou art gone up on high, thou hast led
captive, and received gifts among men, / yea, even among the
that the Lord God might dwell with them.
19 Blesssed be the Lord, who daily beareth our
/ even the God who is our salvation.
20 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh
/ and God is the Lord by whom we escape death.
* During Eastertide, Alleluia is said
the psalm portion, and once after the last verse. It may be said
after each verse.
Additional Propers for Eucharistic