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Saturday Morning – Week After Ascension

 Week following the Sunday after Ascension


Vigil of Pentecost


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.





Just as the soul gives life to the body,
so also the Holy Spirit enlivens the soul with divine grace.
Accordingly the Church in the Liturgy calls us together to prepare us for the coming
of the Holy Spirit Who enlives, sanctifies, teaches, and guides the soul to eternal life.


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.

  • When I shall be sanctified in you, I will gather you together out of all countries: and I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness: and I will give you a new spirit, Halleluia, Halleluia.
  • I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall ever be in my mouth. Halleluia.
  • Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the Lord endure forever. Halleluia.
  • Halleluia. Give thanks to the Lord, all you nations; glorify Him, all you peoples! For steadfast is His kindness toward us, and the fidelity of the Lord endures forever.
  • On the last day of the feast, Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, from within him there shall flow rivers of living water.” He said this, however, of the Spirit, Whom they who believed in Him were to receive, Halleluia, 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 — St. John 14: 15 — 21


To be baptised is to enter into an intimate spiritual relationship,
the privilege of the Christian, with the three Divine Persons.


At that time Jesus said to His disciples: “If you love Me, keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Advocate to dwell with you forever, the Spirit of truth Whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you shall know Him, because He will dwell with you, and be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world no longer sees Me. But you see Me, because I live and you shall live. In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. But he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Hymn for Morning


Eternal King, God most high and Redeemer of the faithful, the destruction of death gained You a most glorious triumph.

You ascend to the starry heavens whither the dominion over all things that God, not man, bestowed on You was summoning You.

So that the three parts of creation, heaven, earth and hell, may now in subjection bow the knee before You.

The Angels tremble as they see the change in man’s destiny. Flesh had sinned. Flesh washes away that sin and God made flesh reigns as God.

Ruler of all creation and giver of a joy that is infinitely beyond all earthly ones, be to us our joy and our abiding reward in heaven,

We, Your suppliants on earth, beg this favour: pardon all our sins with grace from heaven lift up our hearts to You.

So that, when You appear without warning as our Judge, resplendent on the clouds of heaven, You will remit the punishment we deserve and give back our lost crowns.


Glory be to You, Jesus, on Your triumphant return to heaven; and glory be to the Father and the loving Spirit, for ever and ever. 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.


When the Advocate has come, whom I will send You, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness concerning Me,


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.





Grant, we implore You, almighty God, that the splendour of Your glory may shine upon us, and the light of Your light may, by the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, confirm the hearts of those who have been born again through Your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

As evening falls today, Ascensiontide comes to an end
and the celebration of Pentecost begins.




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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