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Liturgy Recording: Ascension, May 24, 2020


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Musical Selections

Page numbers are for Gather 3, a blue book. A hymnal can be purchased on your tablet via in-app purchase in the Hymnal app if you don’t have one at home. Some lyrics will be shown on the screen.

GatheringA Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing, vs. 1, 3 & 4G3 #545
GloriaGlory to God – Kremer
PsalmAll the Ends of the EarthG3 #70
Gospel AcclamationCeltic AlleluiaG3 #334
GiftsWithout Seeing You, vs 2, 3, 4G3 #922
Mass PartsGlendaloughG3 #263-267
Lamb of GodIsele
CommunionI Am the Bread of Life, vs 1, 2 & 4G3 #945
SendingLord, You Give the Great CommissionText:
G3 #544

Gathering: A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing, G3 #545

A Hymn of glory let us sing! New hymns throughout the world shall ring:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Christ, by a road before untrod,
ascends unto the throne of God. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

To whom the shining angels cry, “Why stand and gaze upon the sky?”
Alleluia! Alleluia! “This is the Savior!” Thus they say,
“This is his glorious triumph day!” Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

O risen Christ, ascended Lord, all praise to you let earth accord:
Alleluia! Alleluia! You are, while endless ages run, with Father and with Spirit one.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: ACTS 1:1-11

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

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.”

The word of the Lord.

Psalm: All the Ends of the Earth, G3 #70

Sing your praise to the Lord, for he has ascended on high!  (repeat)                              

David Haas © 1993, 1994, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Second Reading: EPH 1:17-23

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians

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.

The word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation: Celtic Alleluia, G3 #334

Verse: I am the way and the truth, / I am the life everlasting, / Come and follow me / All the days of your life!

Gospel: JN 14:1-12

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You have faith in God; have faith also in me.
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
If there were not,
would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come back again and take you to myself,
so that where I am you also may be.
Where I am going you know the way.”
Thomas said to him,
“Master, we do not know where you are going;
how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life.
No one comes to the Father except through me.
If you know me, then you will also know my Father.
From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
Philip said to him,
“Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time
and you still do not know me, Philip?
Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own.
The Father who dwells in me is doing his works.
Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me,
or else, believe because of the works themselves.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,
and will do greater ones than these,
because I am going to the Father.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

R/ Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Liturgy of the Eucharist

Preparation of Gifts: Without Seeing You, G3 #922

Refrain: Without seeing you, we love you; without touching you, we embrace; without knowing you, we follow; without seeing you, we believe.

  1. The sparrow will find a home, near to you, O God:
    how happy, we who dwell with you, forever in your house.
  2. Forever we sing to you of your goodness, O God;
    proclaiming to all the world of your faithfulness and love.
  3. For you are our shepherd, there is nothing that we need
    in green pastures we will find our rest, near the waters of peace.

David Haas © 1993, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Communion: I Am the Bread of Life, G3 #945

I am the Bread of life, You who come to me shall not hunger;
and who believe in me shall not thirst.
No one can come to me unless the Father beckons.

Refrain: And I will raise you up, and I will raise you up,
and I will raise you up on the last day.

The bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world,
and if you eat of this bread, you shall live forever, you shall live forever.

I am the Resurrection, I am the life. If you believe in me, even though you die, you shall live forever.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. –St. Francis

Sending: Lord, You Give the Great Commission

Lord, you give the great commission: “Heal the sick and preach the word.”
Lest the Church neglect its mission, and the gospel go unheard.
Help us witness to your purpose with renewed integrity;
With the spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you call us to your service: “In my name baptized and teach.”
That the world may trust your promise, life abundant meant for each.
Give us all new fervor, draw us closer in community;
with the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

Lord, you bless with words assuring: “I am with you to the end.”
Faith and hope and love restoring, May we serve as you intend,
and amid the cares that claim us, hold in mind eternity;
With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.

All music reprinted under # A 713604. 

Supplemental Materials

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