Ascension of the Lord

The Lord goes up with shouts of joy!
The Lord ascends with trumpet blast!

On Thursday 21 May we celebrate Our Lord’s victorious return to God the Father forty days after his Resurrection, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.

This is a Holyday of Obligation, so please endeavour to ‘attend’ a livestreamed Mass (at All Souls at 9.30am). If you are unable to do this, please at least make an Act of Spiritual Communion, and even read the prayers and scripture readings of the day.

Hail the day that sees Him rise, Alleluia!
Glorious to his native skies, Alleluia!
Christ, awhile to mortals given, Alleluia!
Enters now the highest heaven, Alleluia!

There the glorious triumph waits, Alleluia!
Lift your heads, eternal gates, Alleluia!
Christ hath conquered death and sin, Alleluia!
Take the King of glory in, Alleluia!

There we shall with Thee remain, Alleluia!
Partners of Thine endless reign, Alleluia!
There Thy face unclouded see, Alleluia!
Find our heaven of heavens in Thee, Alleluia!

Fr Paul

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Always

It was much worse for the disciples, 
but the climb has never been less than 
steep, leaving me breathless at times.

Looking back, I see the path is littered 
with faults and failings, revealed by
Lent's forensic nature, preparing me
for journeys such as this.  

Yet still my footsteps follow Him - where 
else should I go?  The uneven road from
Golgotha's glorious hill to here had my

spiritual compass baffled for a while as
I searched for the way.  But right now, 
eyes closed, focused on the mountain's 

majesty of purpose, I think of Peter, the 
apostles, and reflect on how wonderful it 
is to be here in communion with the whole 

church, knowing that He will be with us 
always, yes, to the end of time.

Paul Palmer
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Music for Ascension

Ascension hymn – ‘Hail the day that sees him rise:

Plainchant Introit for the Feast of the Ascension:

Music for Ascension Day – Ascendit Deus – Palestrina:

J S Bach – Ascension Oratorio:

Olivier Messaien – l’Ascension – Organ