The mystery of the Ascension
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For the Lord Jesus, the King of glory,
conqueror of sin and death,
ascended (today) to the highest heavens,
as the Angels gazed in wonder.
Mediator between God and man,
judge of the world and Lord of hosts,
he ascended, not to distance himself from our lowly state
but that we, his members, might be confident of following
where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before.
Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim:
Holy, holy , holy…
The prayer addresses the sense of loss that surely the first disciples experienced at the Ascension of the Lord. A loss that used to be ritualised during Easter with the Paschal Candle be extinguished after the Gospel on Ascension Day, and removed from sight for the remainder of Easter.
However their loss is not ours. We have learnt, not least through their witness, that the Lord is with us always, and for Paschal Candle should be kept burning brightly at the Church’s liturgy throughout the 50 days.
- Where do you best experience the continuing presence of the Lord?
- In Easter?
- And out of it.