Greetings on this the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Readings: Acts 1:1-11; PS Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Eph 1:17-23; Mk 16:15-20
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First Reading – Empowerment
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
- After forty days Jesus prepares his followers to accept his return to the Father.
- Later, Saint Stephen sees Jesus at the Right Hand of the Father.
God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
I extracted from Ephesians as a form of prayer below.
Go and teach all nations, says the Lord;
I am with you always, until the end of the world.
- The period of Ascension to Pentecost is a preparation phase for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Many are praying a novena to the Holy Spirit.
- Ascension brings our humanity to the very throne of God.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.
May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.
May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened,
that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones.
And May Almighty God bless you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
Peace be with you,