20May Ascension of the Lord — liturgy notes

Opening Comment

The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated today. The Church also calls this Sunday ‘World Communications Day’. As he left his disciples, Jesus sent them out to spread the Good News. This is our task too. We ask for the grace we need. Penitential rite: As we gather to celebrate the glory of our risen and ascended Lord, let us call to mind our sins: (pause) Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life … you forgive us our sins … you feed us with your body and blood: Lord, have mercy.

 

Introduction to the Scripture Readings

Acts 1:1-11 — This gives Luke’s description of the event we celebrate today, taken from the very start of the book of Acts.

Ephesians 4:1-13 — Paul appeals to Christians to live in peace and unity, and lists some of the gifts the ascended Lord has passed on.

Mark 16:15-20 — These last verses of Mark’s Gospel show how Jesus remains with us. When the Church proclaims and lives the Gospel, the Lord himself is at work.

 

BIDDING PRAYERS

Introduction (by the Presider) With confidence, let us bring our prayers before God, the Most High.

  1. For all Christians, that by their lives they may pass on the Good News (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  2. For those called to work as missionaries, that they may do the Lord’s work in today’s world (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  3. For broadcasters and journalists, and all who work in the media, that their work may advance the cause of truth and justice (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  4. For those preparing for exams over this weekend, that they may have the Spirit’s help, according to their needs (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
  5. For people who feel lonely or undervalued, that our friendship may help them realise how much they are loved (pause for silent prayer) . Lord, hear us.
  6. For all our bothers and sisters who have died (especially N & N), that where Christ has gone, they may soon follow (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.

Conclusion (by the Presider) Lord Most High, great king over all the earth, you calm your people in their distress: hear and grant the prayers we make to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Liturgical Suggestions Today is World Communications Day, a day to highlight those involved in communications ministry locally (eg in the parish newsletter, website etc). Penitential Act v (page 1387). Use shorter form of Second Reading (Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13). Preface I of the Ascension of the Lord (page 436). Eucharistic Prayer 3. Solemn Blessing 7 (Ascension). Songs ‘Let The Earth Rejoice And Sing’; ‘Now the Green Blade Rises’, This is the Day the Lord has made’; ‘He is Lord’.