Sunday After Ascension
Hear O Lord, my voice with which I have cried to Thee, alleluia; my heart hath said to Thee, I have sought Thy face, Thy face, O Lord, I will seek: turn not away Thy face from me, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? V. Glory be to the Father.
Almighty and eternal God, grant us ever to have a will devoted to Thee, and with a sincere heart to serve Thy majesty. Through our Lord.
1 Peter 4:7-11
Dearly beloved, be prudent and watch in prayers. But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins. Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring: as every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God: if any minister, let him do it, as of the power which God administereth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. The Lord hath reigned over all the nations; God sitteth on His holy throne.
Alleluia. V. I will not leave you orphans: I go away, and I come unto you, and your heart shall rejoice. Alleluia.
John 15:26-27; 16:1-4
At that time, Jesus said to His disciples: When the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, He shall give testimony of Me: and you shall give testimony, because you are with Me from the beginning. These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized. They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But these things I have told you, that, when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them.
God is ascended with jubilee, and the Lord with the sound of a trumpet, alleluia.
May these spotless sacrifices cleanse us, O Lord, and instil into our souls the strength of Thy heavenly grace. Through our Lord.
John 17:12-13, 15
Father, while I was with them, I kept them whom Thou gavest Me, alleluia; but now I come to Thee: I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldst keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that being replenished with holy gifts, we may ever remain in thanksgiving. Through our Lord.