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Saturday Morning – After Ascension

 Saturday after Ascension


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal




O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.



Acclamations For Reflection


During Ascensiontide the morning reflections are beautiful proclamations from the Bible (as used in the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal — 1962.)

Spending a moment to reflect on one or more of these prepares us to praise God using the psalms of the day, which follow.


Come, let us sing joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the rock of our salvation. Let us greet Him with thanksgiving; let us joyfully sing psalms to Him.

  • And while eating with them, he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, “of which you have heard,” said he, “by my mouth; for John indeed baptised with water, but you shall be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days hence.” Halleluia.
  • In the former book, O Theophilus,
    I spoke of all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day on which he was taken up, after he had given commandments through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom he had chosen.
  • Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up to heaven? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you have seen him going up to heaven. Halleluia.

Deuteronomy 32: 1 to 4

From: The Song of Moses

Give ear O heavens, while I speak; the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!

May my instruction soak in the rain, and my discourse permeate like the dew, like a downpour upon the grass, like a shower upon the crops:

For I will sing the Lord’s renown. Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!


The Rock—how faultless are his deeds, how right all his ways!

A faithful God, without deceit, how just and upright he is!


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Reading — Colossians 1: 1 — 8


Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and our brother Timothy, to the brethren at Colossae, holy and faithful in Christ Jesus: grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you bear towards all the saints because of the hope that is laid up for you in heaven. Of that hope you have heard in the word of the Gospel truth which has reached you, even as it is in the whole world, both bearing fruit and growing; just as it does among you since the day that you heard and recognised the grace of God in truth. Thus you learned from our dear fellow-servant Epaphras. He is a faithful minister of Christ Jesus on your behalf; and it was he who made known to us your love in the spirit.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn for Morning


Jesus, Author of man’s salvation and delight of his heart, Founder of the world of the redeemed and pure light of God’s lovers,

What feeling of pity was it that compelled you to shoulder the burden of our sins and, though sinless, to undergo death to set us free from death.

May your mercy prevail on You to repair the harm we have suffered and to reward us with the light of happiness, our desire to see You satisfied at last.

You are our leader and the way to heaven; may you also be the goal on which our hearts are set, our joy in tribulation and life’s sweet reward. Amen.


Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79


St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit’, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.


I ascend to My Father and Your Father, to My God and your God, Halleluia.


Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant.

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us that, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. – the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people.


And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.


Repeat the appointed antiphon of the day.


The Lord’s Prayer



Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.




Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.





Lord God all-powerful, we believe that Your only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, ascended on this day to the glory of heaven. Grant us the grace to make our hearts dwell with Him in heaven. This we ask of You through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.




V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.


May the all powerful
and merciful Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.


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