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Vigil of the Ascension of Our Lord

Latin Text

Introit: Isaias xlviii: 20

Declare it with the voice of joy, and make it known, alleluia: declare it even to the ends of the earth: the Lord has delivered His people, alleluia, alleluia. [Ps.] Shout with joy to God, all the earth, sing ye a psalm to His name: give glory to His praise. Glory be. Declare it.


O God, from whom all things do proceed, grant unto Thine humble servants, that by Thy holy inspiration, we may think those things that are right, and under Thy merciful guidance may perform the same.

Epistle: Ephesians vii: 7-13

A reading from the epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians:
Beloved: to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive: he gave gifts to men. Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens: that he might fill all things. And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors: For the perfecting of the saints, for the word of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Until we all meet into the unity of faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ:


Alleluia, Alleluia. Christ is risen and has shone upon us, whom He redeemed with His Blood. Alleluia. I came forth from the Father, and have come into the world. Again I leave the world and I go to the Father. Alleluia

Gospel: John xvii: 1-11

+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to John:
At that time, lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus said: the hour is come. Glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee. As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now glorify thou me, O Father, with thyself, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with thee. I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou hast given me out of the world. Thine they were: and to me thou gavest them. And they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things which thou hast given me are from thee: Because the words which thou gavest me, I have given to them. And they have received them and have known in very deed that I came out from thee: and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them. I pray not for the world, but for them whom thou hast given me: because they are thine. And all my things are thine, and thine are mine: and I am glorified in them. And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name whom thou hast given me: that they may be one, as we also are.


Offertory: Ps. lxv: 8-9, 20

O bless the Lord our God, ye peoples, and make the voice of His praise be heard; who has set my soul to live, and has not suffered my feet to be moved. Blessed be the Lord, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me, alleluia.


Receive, O Lord, the prayers and sacrifices of the faithful, that by these offices of loving devotion we may attain to heavenly glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest, one God, world without end. 

Preface of Easter

Communion: Ps. xcv: 2

Sing unto the Lord, alleluia. Sing unto the Lord and bless His name. Show forth His salvation from day to day, alleluia, alleluia.


Grant us, O Lord, who have been nourished and strengthened at the heavenly table, both to desire that which is right, and to gain that which we desire.


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