8th May – Ascension Sunday (C)

Today I had the privilege of baptising my little grandniece Mary Joan Browne in Dowrus Church, near Kenmare. In the attached photo we have L-R: PJ Browne, godfather; niece Sile; myself; father Stephen with Mary; godmother Shauna Reilly (also a niece).

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Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Ponder the following intercessions of Morning Prayer which deepen our appreciation of this great solemnity.

Let us pray to the Lord who is now lifted up from the earth, drawing all things to himself.
You, Christ, are the king of glory.
Lord Jesus, you offered one sacrifice for sin and then ascended in victory to the Father;
  achieve the eternal perfection of those whom you are sanctifying.
You, Christ, are the king of glory.
Eternal priest, minister of the new covenant, you are alive and interceding for us;
  save your people who turn to you in prayer.
You, Christ, are the king of glory.
After your passion, you appeared to your disciples, and they knew you to be alive:
  strengthen our belief that you are with us today.
You, Christ, are the king of glory.
On this day you promised the Holy Spirit to the apostles, for the spreading of your gospel to the ends of the earth;
  strengthen us by the power of the Spirit in bearing witness before the world.
You, Christ, are the king of glory.

 

 

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