09 May 2010

Liturgy of Ascension

God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.  God reigns over the nations. God sits on His holy throne (Introit)... Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him (Collect)...  You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in Your train (Verse)...  Up through endless ranks of angels, cries of triumph in His ears, to His heavenly throne ascending, having vanquished all their fears, Christ looks down upon the faithful, leaving them in happy tears.  Death-destroying, life-restoring, proven equal to our need, now for us before the Father as our Brother intercede; Flesh that for our flesh was wounded, living for the wounded plead (Hymn of the Day - LSB 491)... It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places gives thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who after His resurrection appeared openly to all His disciples and in their sight was taken up into heaven that He might make us partakers of His divine life. (Preface)...  Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, king of all creation, for You have had mercy on us and given Your only-begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  Having revealed Your glory in the face of Your only-begotten Son, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation, You have exalted Him to the highest majesty at Your right hand, that He might graciously fill things.  Grant us faithfully to eat and drink this Holy Supper, trusting our reigning Savior Jesus, who though unseen in His ascended glory, is here present to save by His body and blood. (Prayer of Thanksgiving)... O risen Christ, ascended Lord, all praise to you let earth accord: Alleluia!  Alleluia!  You are, while endless ages run, with Father and with Spirit one.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia! (Hymn of St. Bede the Venerable - LSB 493)

Service for the Ascension - Thursday evening at 7:15 p.m.


Matthew Johnson said...

Pr. Weedon:

From whence the "Prayer of Thanksgiving"? I like it, more like a Proper for the Feast, rather than the general Thanksgiving.

Rev. Matthew Johnson

William Weedon said...

It's the assigned prayer after the Sanctus in DS 4.