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THE ASCENSION – A GREAT AND UNSPEAKABLE CAUSE FOR REJOICING

THE ASCENSION – A GREAT AND UNSPEAKABLE CAUSE FOR REJOICING

THE ASCENSION – SERMON OF ST LEO, POPE

After the blessed and glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, wherein he raised up in three days that true temple of God, which had been destroyed by the ungodly Jews, there is this present day fulfilled, dearly beloved; that completed number of forty holy days, which had been ordained by a most sacred dispensation, and devoted to giving us valuable instructions: so that, while the Lord permitted his bodily presence to tarry among us for this space of time, our faith in his resurrection might be strengthened by necessary proofs.

For the death of Christ had greatly disturbed the hearts of the disciples, and a certain lethargy of disbelief had crept over their grief-laden minds at his torture on the Cross, at his giving up of the spirit, at the burial of his lifeless body.

The death of Christ had greatly disturbed the hearts of the disciples

Thus the most blessed apostles and all the disciples who had been full of fear at the death of the Cross, and uncertain in faith concerning the resurrection, were so strengthened by the clear vision of the Truth, that, when the Lord was going up into the heights of heaven, they were not troubled by any sadness, but rather were filled with great joy. And, in truth, it was a great and unspeakable cause for rejoicing, when in the sight of a holy multitude, human nature ascended above the dignity of all celestial creatures, to pass above the ranks of the angels, to be raised beyond the heights of the archangels, and not to have any degree of loftiness set a limit to its advancement, short of the right hand of the eternal Father, where it would be associated with his royal glory, to whose nature it was united in the Son.

Christ’s ascension is our own exaltation

Since, then, Christ’s ascension is our own exaltation, and where the glory of the head has gone before, there also is the hope of the body summoned.

Let us, dearly beloved, rejoice with due rejoicing and be glad, devoutly giving thanks. For today, not only have we been confirmed in the possession of Paradise, but in Christ we have penetrated even the height of heaven, having gained, through the ineffable grace of Christ, far more than we have lost through the malice of the devil. For those whom that venomous enemy cast down from the happiness of their first estate, these have the Son of God made to be one body with himself, and placed at the right hand of the Father, with whom he lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God through all eternity. Amen.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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WHERE HIGH THE HEAVENLY TEMPLE STANDS (HYMN)

Where high the heavenly temple stands,
The house of God not made with hands,
A great High Priest our nature wears,
The guardian of mankind appears.

He who for men their surety stood,
And poured on earth his precious blood,
Pursues in heaven his mighty plan,
The Saviour and the Friend of man.

3. Though now ascended up on high,
He bends on earth a brother’s eye;
Partaker of the human name,
He knows the frailty of our frame.

In every pang that rends the heart,
The Man of Sorrows had a part;
He sympathises with our grief,
And to the sufferer sends relief.

With boldness, therefore, at the throne,
Let us make all our sorrows known;
And ask the aids of heavenly power
To help us in the evil hour.
– M. Bruce, 1746-67,
Scottish Paraphrases, 1781

 

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O EVERLASTING KING MOST HIGH (HYMN)

O everlasting King most high,
Redeemer of all men of faith,
Who vanquishing both Death and Hell,
Received the triumph won by grace.

The angels watch in awe, amazed
To see reversed the fate of man;
For flesh which sinned by Flesh is saved,
And God as God incarnate reigns.

To you, O Jesus, be our praise,
Returning victor to the skies,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
Be glory now and evermore. Amen.

 

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“IN THAT HEAVENLY DWELLING” – ASCENSION PRAYER

Almighty God, as we believe that your Son, our Redeemer, ascended this day into heaven, grant that we too may live in spirit in that heavenly dwelling. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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PRAYER TO CHRIST ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN

O Lord Jesus, I adore You, Son of Mary, my Saviour and my Brother, for You are God. I follow You in my thoughts, O firstfruits of our race, as I hope one day by Your grace to follow You in my person into heavenly glory. In the meantime, do not let me neglect the earthly task that You have given me. Let me labour diligently all my life with a greater appreciation for the present. Let me realize that only by accomplishing true human fulfilment can I attain Divine fulfilment and ascend to You at the completion of my work.
Amen.

 

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ASCENSION: PRAYER TO LIVE A FULL LIFE

O Lord, Your Ascension into heaven marks the culmination of the Paschal Mystery, and it contains an important teaching for us.

We may live life as an earthly reality and develop our human potential to its fullest. We may make use of the results of science to achieve a better life on this planet. But in our best moments we know that there must be more than all of this, a transcending Reality.

As Christians, we know that this Reality is Your loving Father Who awaits us with You and the Holy Spirit. Where You have gone, we ultimately will come – if we are faithful.
Amen.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (THE ASCENSION, Mt 28:16-20)

ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME.

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated.

Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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