Ascension Day is a traditional Christian holiday commemorating the ascension of Jesus into heaven 40 days after his resurrection as described in the New Testament. History records celebrations of this feast as far back as the 4th Century and credits it as established bu the Apostles. The Ascension of Our Lord is an integral part of the historic gospel of Jesus Christ to be observed and venerated alongside Good Friday, Resurrection Sunday, and Pentacost.
May you continue to celebrate the resurrection of our Risen Lord as we draw near the end of another Easter Season through the reading of His Word.
A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles
A Reading from the Psalms
A Reading from the Epistles
A Reading from the Gospel
Risen and ascended Christ, you surround us with witnesses and send to us the Counselor who writes the Law of God upon our hearts. Bless us with such grace that our lives become a blessing for the world. Open our minds to understand the scriptures, O God, so that when sin cripples our hope, we may discover the freedom of your forgiveness; when suffering and death overtake our lives, we may know the joy of the risen Christ; and when we feel abandoned, we may comprehend the power of the promised Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.