Speak Lord: Ascended in Glory

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God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast or Alleluia!

All peoples, clap your hands,
cry to God with shouts of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,
great king over all the earth.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast or Alleluia!

God goes up with shouts of joy;
the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast or Alleluia!

God is king of all the earth,
sing praise with all your skill.
God is king over the nations;
God reigns on his holy throne.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast or Alleluia!

Psalm 46:2-3,6-9

The psalm at Mass today, Ascension Day, unites us in a song of praise to the glory of God.

The Lord who here served so well and at such cost is restored to heaven. We had no right to expect the ‘intervention’ of the Incarnation, to the ministry of God in flesh here on earth.  But here he came and now in celebrating the ‘return’ of God, we celebrate too that God returns, united in Jesus Christ with humanity.

The one who ascends and is now seated at the right hand of the Father still shares our flesh, and still works for us, in intercession, and in the sacramental order that we might share in his divinity.

12th C carving from Cologne, in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum. (c) 2007, Allen Morris.

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