THE ASCENSION
OF THE LORD
MAY 16, 2021
GATHERING SONG
Praise to the Lord

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
brothers and sisters draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

CONFITEOR
GLORIA

I confess to almighty God
and to you,
my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts
and in my words,
in what I have done and
in what I have failed to do,

[Pray while striking
the breast three times.]
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;

therefore I ask
blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you,
my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me
to the Lord our God.

REFRAIN

Glory!

Glory to God in the Highest.

Glory!

Glory to God in the Highest.

And on earth peace
to people of good will.

VERSE 1

We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you.

We give you thanks for your great glory.

Lord God, Heavenly King,
O God Almighty Father.

VERSE 2

Lord, Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,

Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father.
You take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

You take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer.

You are seated at the right hand
of the Father, have mercy on us.

VERSE 3

For you alone are the Holy One,
You alone are the Lord.

You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ

With the Holy Spirit,
in the glory
the glory of God the Father.

REFRAIN

Glory!

Glory to God in the Highest.

Glory!

Glory to God in the Highest.

And on earth peace
to people of good will.

FIRST READING:
ACTS 1:1-11

In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught

until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through
the Holy Spirit to the apostles
whom he had chosen.

He presented himself alive
to them by many proofs after
he had suffered, appearing to them
during forty days and speaking
about the kingdom of God.

While meeting with them,
he enjoined them not to depart
from Jerusalem, but to wait for
“the promise of the Father about
which you have heard me speak;

for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be
baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

When they had gathered together
they asked him, “Lord, are you
at this time going to restore
the kingdom to Israel?”

He answered them, “It is not
for you to know the times or
seasons that the Father has
established by his own authority.

But you will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes
upon you, and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout
Judea and Samaria, and to
the ends of the earth.”

When he had said this, as they
were looking on, he was lifted up,
and a cloud took him from their sight.

While they were looking intently
at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed
in white garments stood beside them.

They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there
looking at the sky? This Jesus who
has been taken up from you into
heaven will return in the same way
as you have seen him going into heaven.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

REFRAIN

God mounts His throne

to shouts of joy:

A blare of trumpets

for the Lord!

SECOND READING
Ephesians 1:17-23

Brothers and sisters:


May the God of our
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father
of glory, give you a Spirit
of wisdom and revelation
resulting in knowledge of him.

May the eyes of your hearts
be enlightened, that you
may know what is the hope
that belongs to his call,
what are the riches of glory
in his inheritance among the holy ones,

and what is the surpassing greatness
of his power for us who believe,
in accord with the exercise
of his great might:

which he worked in Christ,
raising him from the dead and
seating him at his right hand
in the heavens,

far above every principality,
authority, power, and dominion,
and every name that is named
not only in this age but also
in the one to come.

And he put all things beneath
his feet and gave him as head
over all things to the church,
which is his body, the fullness
of the one who fills
all things in every way.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

REFRAIN

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

VERSE

Go and teach all nations,
says the Lord;
I am with you always,
until the end of the world.

REFRAIN

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL:
Mark 16:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Go into the whole world
and proclaim the gospel to every creature.

1Whoever believes and is baptized
will be saved; whoever does not
believe will be condemned.

These signs will accompany those
who believe: in my name they
will drive out demons, they will
speak new languages.

They will pick up serpents
with their hands, and if
they drink any deadly thing,
it will not harm them. They will
lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

So then the Lord Jesus,
after he spoke to them,
was taken up into heaven
and took his seat at the right hand of God.

But they went forth and
preached everywhere,
while the Lord worked with them
and confirmed the word
through accompanying signs.

 

NICENE CREED

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things

visible and invisible.

I believe in one

Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten

Son of God,
born of the Father

before all ages.
God from God,

Light from Light, 
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,

consubstantial with the Father;
through Him

all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

 

and by the Holy Spirit

was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was. crucified

under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death

and was buried, 
and rose again

on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.


He ascended into heaven 
and is seated at the

right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the

Father and the Son,
who with the Father

and the Son is adored

and glorified,
who has spoken

through the prophets.

 

I believe in one, holy,

catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism

for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection

of the dead
and the life of

the world to come. Amen.

  

  

  

APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by

the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried;

he descended into hell;

on the third day he rose again

from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand

of God the Father almighty;

from there he will come to judge

the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and life everlasting. Amen.

PRESENTATION
Here I Am, Lord

I, the Lord of sea and sky
I have heard my people cry
All who dwell in dark and sin
My hand will save


I who made the stars of night
I will make their darkness bright
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord
Is it I, Lord?
I have heard You
calling in the night
I will go, Lord
If You lead me
I will hold Your
people in my heart

HOLY

Holy! Holy! Holy!
Lord God of Hosts.

Heaven and earth

are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is He

who comes in

the name of the Lord.

Hosanna! Hosanna!
Hosanna in the highest.

MEMORIAL ACCLAMATION

Save us, Savior of the World

for by your cross and resurrection

you have set us free.

AMEN
OUR FATHER

Amen (6x)

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come,

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day

our daily bread.

And forgive us our

trespasses, as we

forgive those

who trespass 

against us.

And lead us not

into temptation.

But deliver us

from evil.

For the kingdom,

the power and

the glory are

yours, now

and forever.

LAMB OF GOD

Lamb of God,

You take away the 

sins of the world.

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,

You take away the 

sins of the world.

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God,

You take away the 

sins of the world.

Grant us peace.

COMMUNION
Let Us Break
Bread Together

Let us break bread
together on our knees, 
Let us break bread
together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us drink wine
together on our knees,
Let us drink wine
together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us praise God
together on our knees,
Let us praise God
together on our knees.
When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

COMMUNION MEDITATION:
Taste and See

Taste and see,

taste and see,

the goodness of the Lord.

O, taste and see,

taste and see,

the goodness of the Lord,

of the Lord.

RECESSIONAL HYMN:
To Jesus Christ, Our
Sovereign King

To Jesus Christ, our Sovereign King,
Who is the world’s salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring,
And thanks and adoration.

Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler!
Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer!