The Ascension of Christ

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The Ascension of Christ

And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God.– MARK xvi. 19.

INTRODUCTION. During forty days after His Resurrection our Lord appeared many times and in diverse places and circumstances to His disciples and others. He walked and talked with them. He permitted them to see and put their hands into His wounds, and He ate with them; thus proving by the most incontestable arguments that He was really risen from the dead, and was again living in His own body. It was also during those forty days that our Saviour gave His Apostles final instructions concerning His Church.
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INSTRUCTION ON THE FESTIVAL OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

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INSTRUCTION ON THE FESTIVAL OF THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

The Church’s Year
By Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine

At the Introit the Church sings the words which were spoken by the angels to the apostles and disciples, after the Ascension of our Lord:

INTROIT Ye men of Galilee, why wonder you, looking up to heaven? allel.: He shall so come as you have seen him going up into heaven. Allel., allel., allel. (Acts I. 11.), Oh, clap your hands, all ye nations; shout unto God with the voice of joy. (Ps. XLVI. 2.) Glory be to the Father, etc.

COLLECT Grant, we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we who believe Thy only‑begotten Son, our Redeemer, to have this day ascended into the heavens, may ourselves also in, mind dwell amid heavenly things. Through the same etc. Continue reading