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May 5, 2005, Ascension
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FIRST READING:
Acts 1: 1-11 "Why are you standing here looking into the sky? Jesus has been
taken into heaven."

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 47 "God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for
the Lord." or "Alleluia"

SECOND READING:
Eph. 1: 17-23 "He made Jesus to sit at his right hand in heaven."

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Mt. 28: 16-20 "Go and teach all nations, says the Lord; I am with you
always, until the end of the world."

GOSPEL:
Lk. 24: 46-53 "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. ."

SCRIPTURAL FOCUS: glory, majesty, fulfillment, promise of Holy Spirit,
baptism & mission

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

REFLECTION: "The Son of God saves us continually, constantly, as he has
throughout all times, and will for all eternity. Because He loves us."
Annonymous

"Not only should we ourselves in accordance with God's will pray unceasingly
in the name of Jesus Christ, but we are bound to reveal it and teach it to
others, to everyone in general, religious and secular, learned and simple,
men and women and children, and to inspire them all with zeal for prayer
without ceasing."
St. Gregory of Thessalonica

"Our Lord doesn't need to make use of books or teachers in the instruction
of souls; isn't he himself the Teacher of all Teachers, conveying knowledge
with never a word spoken? For myself, I never heard the sound of his voice,
but I know that he dwells within me all the time, guiding me and inspiring
me whenever I do or say anything. A light, of which I'd caught no glimmer
before, comes to me at the very moment when it's needed."
St. Therese of Lisieux

"God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord."

"From experience in the spiritual life, it can fairly be concluded that he
who has zeal to pray needs no teaching how to perfect himself in prayer.
Patiently continued, the effort of prayer itself will lead us to prayer's
very summit.
But what are weak and indolent people to do, and especially those who before
they have understood the pure nature of prayer, have become hardened by
outward routine, and cooled by their formal reading of the appointed
prayers? As a refuge and source of strength they can still use the technique
for practising the Jesus Prayer. And is it not chiefly for them that this
technique was invented, so as to graft true inner prayer into their hearts."
Theophane the Recluse

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Explore the connection between the
message of Jesus and the Eucharist. Through the Holy Spirit, grace empowers
us to go forth and proclaim the Good News.
Introduce the breaking of the bread by saying this is the bread that gives
us the strength to be a witness to the truth and teach others.
Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling with Holy Water.

Sample General Intercessions:
Introduction—My brothers and sisters, we are gathered to celebrate the
mystery of Christ-Among-Us. Because of this presence, God always hears the
prayers of the faithful:
• May we joyfully proclaim and live our faith in Christ always;
• Let us give thanks for God's gifts to us. Through his gifts, peace and
well-being shall prevail in this world, and shall lead us to salvation in
the world to come;
• For the strength of our families, community, and the whole world, may we
learn to see Christ in all the poor and suffering people of this world.
Preface: Ascension
Solemn Blessing for the Ascension

Faith Formation
The ascension of Jesus to heaven lifts us to fill his role on earth. Now we
are elevated and enabled to do God's work. We are not mere spectators. We
are Christ's hands and his instruments of salvation for the whole world. We
love one another as he loved us.
Children's Liturgy
of the Word
Jesus said he had to leave us, yet he would be with us till the end of
time. How is this possible? He is with us in the form of the Holy Spirit,
who is our comforter and helper. In this way we are connected to God now and
always.
After Jesus went to Heaven, the disciples were standing around looking up at
the sky in amazement. Some angels appeared to them and told them to get on
with what Jesus had told them to do. And that's what we have to do, too.
(What did Jesus tell us to do?)


GATHERING SONG:
At the Lamb's High Feast We Sing
ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, JS,
RS, SS, SM, WCH, WP
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name ACH,
BB/MI, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB, WCH,
W&S, WP
All the Ends of the Earth (Dufford)
BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, JS, S&S, W&S
Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord
(Fishel) ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CVH,
JS, PMB, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus BB/MI, CBW III,
CVH, HM, PMB, SM, SS, W&S, WCH
Come to Me and Live (O'Brien) G- 4515
Christ Is Here (Walker) OCP 9790, JS, S&S
Crown Him with Many Crowns BB/MI,
CBW III, CVH, PMB, SM, WCH,
W&S, WOV, WP
Go (Patillo) CCH, G2, GC, LMGM, RS, SM,
WCH, W&S
Halleluya! We Sing Your Praises G2
Hail the Day that Sees Him Rise BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, HM, JS, SM, WOV
Hail Thee, Festival Day! CBW III, CVH
CCH, GC, JS, PMB, RS, SS, WCH
Hope of the World CCH, WP
In Praise of His Name (O'Connor)
BB/MI, GC, G2, GP, GTR, JS, S&S
Lord, You Give The Great Commission
BB/MI, GC, HM, RS, WCH, W&S, WP
One Lord (Soper) BB, HM, S&S
Open Wide, the Doors to Christ SM,
WCH, W&S
Praise Him as He Mounts the Skies
CBW III, HM, CVH, SS, WP
Sing a New Song (Schutte) BB/MI,
CBWI III, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, GC, S&S
Song to Jesus Christ (Huijbers) BB/MI,
GTR, GC, G2, S&S, RS
Take Christ to the World (Inwood) BB/MI,
GP2, HM, S&S
The Church's One Foundation ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB,
WCH, WP, WS
There Is One Lord (Alstott) BB, JS, S&S
There's a Spirit in the Air PMB, WP
We Walk By Faith (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
GTR, RS, SS, S&S, WCH, WP, W&S
Yes, I Shall Arise (Alstott) BB/MI, JS, S&S
Yes, I Shall Arise (Deiss) PMB, SM, WCH

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Psalm 47: God Mounts His Throne
(Inwood) BB, HM, JS
Psalm 47: God Mounts His Throne
(Guimont) CCH, RS, A54 PARM
Psalm 47: God Mounts His Throne
(Haugen) G2, GC, RS
Psalm 47: God Mounts His Throne
(Weckler) 6253 WLP
Psalm 47 (Hughes) G-2029
Psalm 47: To You Great King (Walker)
9121 OCP, S&S
Psalm 47 (Palmer) G-4063

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing CCH
All That is Hidden (Farrell) BB, GP2,
HM, JS, S&S
Ascension (L. Hoiby) 312-40728
Break Out Shouting Joy (Lisicky) SM, WS
Christ Be Our Light (Farrell) BB/MI, GP2,
JS, S&S
Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Sky
(Lovelace) AF-11-2484, CVH
Come Down, O Love Divine BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, HM, PMB, WP
Dwelling Place (Foley) BB, CBW III, GP,
S&S
Ephphetha (Haugen) GC, G-2787, RS
Go Therefore and Make Disciples of All
Nations MSM 50-6200
Go to the World! (Jorhengen) G-4395, G2
God's Holy Mountain We Ascend SM,
S&S, SS, WCH, W&S
I Arose (Kreutz) SM, WS
I Will Be With You (Moore) G-2803, GC
Jesus, the Lord (O'Connor) BB/MI, GP,
GPCOMP, GP2, HM, JS, S&S
Jesus, My All to Heaven Is Gone (Scott)
AF-11-10288
Love One Another (Dufford) BB/MI, GP2,
JS, S&S
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling BB/MI,
CCH, CVH, WP
Now the Green Blade Rises CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GC, JS, SM, SS, W&S, WP
The Ascension (C. Dello Joio) 312-40819
The Lord Ascended on High (Klammer)
CCH, G-2835
There Is Nothing Told (Willcock) BB/MI,
HM, JS, S&S
There Is One Lord (Berthier) G2, GC, RS
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy BB/
MI, CCH, CVH, SM, SS, W&S, WP
There Is a Balm in Gilead ACH, CCH,
CVH, GTR, GC, WP
Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell) BB/MI,
GP2, HM, JS, S&S
While The Earth Remains (Bell) G-5160
Why Stand Staring (Huijbers) 8489 OCP
You Are Called to Tell the Story (Duck) G2
You Shall Be My People (Ward)
SM, WCH, W&S

COMMUNION:
Be Thou, My Vision 332-40920, CCH,
CVH, WOV
Behold the Lamb of God (Dufford) BB, JS
Christus Paradox (Sensmeier) CCH, G-4543
Christians, Let Us Love One Another BB/
MI, CBW III, HM, SS
Draw Near and Take the Body BB, CCH,
CVH, HM, SM, TM, WP
Eat This Bread (Berthier) BB, CBW III, GC,
G2, GTR, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Gather Us Together (Hurd) BB/MI
Gift of Finest Wheat (Kreutz) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, GP2,
PMB, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP
Here I Am, Lord (Ward) PMB, SM
WCH, 7576 WS
Hilariter (Haugen) CCH, GTR, GC
Hope of the World CCH, SS, WP
I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GPCOMP, HM,
GC, G2, GTR, SS, S&SM SM, WCH, WP
I Will Be the Vine (Lawton) G-4663
In the Breaking of the Bread (Hurd) BB/
MI, GTR, GC, RS
In the Breaking of the Bread (Ward) SM,
WCH, W&S
One Bread, One Body (Foley) ACH,
BB/MI, CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR,
S&S, W&S, WCH
One Is (Cooney) G-3968
Psallite Deo (Berthier) GTR, GC
That We May Be One (Moore) G-3311
The Great Commission MSM 50-6000
This Is My Body CBW III, CCH, SM, S&S,
WCH
To Be Your Bread (Haas) BB/MI, HM, JS,
PMB, S&S
We Who Were Once Dead (Haas) G-3504,
GC, RS

SONG OF PRAISE:
Bright As Silver, Pure As Gold (Goebel-
Komala) CCH, G-4407
Glory to the Holy One (Marchionda)
PMB, 7942 WS
I Will Be With You (Moore) G-2803, RS
Rejoice, the Lord Is King BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, HM, WP
The Love of Christ Urges Us On (Honore)
5210 WLP
We Are Many Parts (Haugen) BB/MI,
GTR, GC, G2, SM, SS, S&S, W&S, WCH
You Shall Be My Witnesses (Chepponis)
GC, G-2543

CLOSING SONG:
All Shall Be Well (Foley) BB/MI,
GPCOMP, JS, S&S
At the Name of Jesus BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, HM, SM, SS, W&S, WCH,
WP
Behold the Glory of God BB/MI, S&S
Christ Is Alive CBW III, CCH, CVH,
GTR, PMB, SS, WP
Christ Is Alive (Wren) G2
Christ Is Arisen (M. Praetorius) 352-00169
Easter Solemn Dismissal (Chant) BB/MI
Forth in the Peace of Christ CBW III,
CCH, CVH, WP
Forth in Thy Name, O Lord CBW III,
WOV, SM, W&S
Glory and Praise to Our God (Schutte)
BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, GC, G2, GTR, SM,
S&S, W&S, WCH
Go Make of All Disciples CCH, CVH,
SS, WP
Go to the World! (Chepponis) G-5133
Go to the World (Dunstan) RS
Great Is the Lord (J. Haydn) 332-09589
Great Is the Lord (Toolan) BB/MI,
CBW III, HM, S&S
Now Thank We All Our God ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, GP, HM,
SS, SM, S&S, W&S, WCH, WOV, WP
Praise to the Holy Trinity PMB, WCH
See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph
AH
Send Us As Your Blessing, Lord (Walker)
BB/MI, GP2, JS, S&S
Sing of the Lord's Goodness (Sands)
BB/MI, GTR, GC, G2, RS, S&S
Sing We Triumphant Hymns of Praise
SM, SS, W&S, WCH
This Is the Day (Haugen) GTR, GC, G2,
SM, WCH
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones BB/MI,
CVH, PMB, WP

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