Ascension Day

Year C
Group: I
Colour: White

Evening Prayer (on the eve of Ascension Day. Text not shown)
Psalms 15; 24
2 Samuel 23. 1-5
Colossians 2.20 – 3.4

Collect 73 (Text shown)

Post Communion Prayer 74 (Text shown)

Principal Service (Text shown)
The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.
Acts 1. 1-11 or Daniel 7. 9-14
Year A Psalm 47; [93]
Year B Psalm 47 or 93
Year C Psalm 47 or 93
Ephesians 1. 15-23 or Acts 1. 1-11
Luke 24. 44-53

Second Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 8
Song of the Three 29-37 or 2 Kings 2. 1-15
Revelation 5
If the Second Service is a Eucharist, the Gospel is:
Year A Mark 16. 14-20
Year B Matthew 28. 16-20
Year C Matthew 28. 16-20

Third Service (Text not shown)
Psalm 110
Isaiah 52. 7-15
Hebrews 7. [11-25,] 26-28

1984 (Text not shown)
Page 142

Collect 73

1984 Prayer Book
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that as we believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into 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 Spirit, one God, world without end.

Contemporary
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son
our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion Prayer 74

God our Father,
you have raised our humanity in Christ
and have fed us with the bread of heaven:
mercifully grant that, nourished with such spiritual blessings,
we may set our hearts in the heavenly places;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.

Acts 1. 1-11 or Daniel 7. 9-14

Acts 1. 1-11
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’
So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

Daniel 7. 9-14
As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousand served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him. The court sat in judgement, and the books were opened. I watched then because of the noise of the arrogant words that the horn was speaking. And as I watched, the beast was put to death, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

Year A Psalm 47; [93]
Year B Psalm 47 or 93
Year C Psalm 47 or 93

Biblical text

Pslam 47
Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy. For the LORD, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth. He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.
God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.

Psalm 93
The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved; your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring. More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD!
Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, for evermore.

Pointed Psalm

47
Clap your hands together, / all you / peoples :
O sing to / God with / shouts of / joy.
For the Lord Most High / is to be / feared :
he is the great / King • over / all the / earth.
He subdued the / peoples / under us :
and the / nations / under our / feet.
He has chosen our / heritage / for us :
the pride of / Jacob, / whom he / loves.
God has gone up with a / merry / noise :
the Lord / with the / sound of the / trumpet.
O sing praises to / God, sing / praises :
sing praises / to our / King, sing / praises.
For God is the King of / all the / earth :
sing / praises with / all your / skill.
God reigns / over the / nations :
God has taken his seat up/on his / holy / throne.
The nobles of the peoples are / gathered to/gether :
with the people / of the / God of / Abraham.
For the powers of the earth be/long to / God :
and he is / very / highly ex/alted.

93
The Lord is king and has put on / glorious ap/parel :
the Lord has put on his glory
and / girded him/self with / strength.
He has made the whole / world so / sure :
that / it can/not be / moved.
Your throne has been established / from of / old :
you / are from / ever/lasting.
The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted / up their / voice :
the floods lift / up their / pounding / waves.
Mightier than the thunder of many waters,
mightier than the breakers / of the / sea :
the / Lord on / high is / mightier.
Your testimonies are / very / sure :
holiness adorns your / house, O / Lord, for / ever.

(The reading from Acts must be used as either the first or second reading.)

Ephesians 1. 15-23 or Acts 1. 1-11

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Luke 24. 44-53

Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you – that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

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