The Word This Week

Benvenuto_Tisi_da_Garofalo_-_Ascension_of_Christ_-_WGA08474Ascension in not just a feast that happens to fall in Eastertide: it is an integral part of the Easter mystery. Remember the Lord’s words at the Last Supper: “I am going to prepare a place for, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me.” The resurrection presumes the Lord’s return to the Father. This is therefore a feast of hope: our hope in the Lord’s return, as he went. Our hope that he will take us with him, when our bodies are raised as his was. Our hope that we will take our place in heaven, where he sits on the Father’s right.

Today’s Scripture (Psalter: Week 3)
Acts 1: 1 – 11
Response: Psalm 46
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.
Sing praise for God, sing praise,
sing praise to our king, sing praise.

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.

Ephesians 1: 17 – 23
Acclamation for the Gospel:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Go and teach all people my gospel.
I am with you always until the end of the world.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Mark 16: 15 – 20
Prayer of the Faithful:
R/ Risen Lord, send your Spirit.

This weekend’s readings can be found on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

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