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Sunday Evening – Week After Ascension

Sunday Week After Ascension


Part 1. From the Roman Breviary and Roman Missal

Sunday After Ascension

I am coming and I am going.
Ascending above the clouds I go to My Father,
but when the trump sounds on the last day
I shall return on the clouds of heaven to judge the world.




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.





For several Sundays past the Gospels have reminded us of
Jesus’ promise to his Apostles at the Last Supper.
He would not leave them orphans, but would send them the Holy Spirit
as a second self to replace Him at their side until He returned.
The Church knows what the presence of the Holy Spirit means to her
and to the faithful; as she waits for our Lord’s glorious return she
continually calls on the assistance of her Paraclete, her defender,
her consoler and her support.

Fervent prayers are being said during this week in preparation
for Pentecost. To make these prayers more acceptable to God,
“have a constant mutual charity among yourselves;
for charity covers a multitude of sins.”.


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.


Sing joyfully to the Lord, all you lands; serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing.

  • I will not leave you orphans; I go away and I come to you, and your heart shall rejoice. Halleluia.
  • God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet blasts. Halleluia
  • Father, while I was with them, I kept them whom You have given Me, Halleluia; but now I am coming to You: I do not pray that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from evil, Halleluia, Halleluia.

From Psalm 4

Night Call

Answer me, when I call, O my just God, you who gave me relief in my distress; have pity on me and answer my prayer.

You men, how long will you be hard hearted? why do you love vanity and seek after falsehood?

Know that the Lord deals wonderfully with his holy one; the Lord will hear when I call to him.

Tremble and sin not, ponder within your hearts, upon your beds, and be silent.

Offer fitting sacrifices, and trust in the Lord.


Many say: “Who will show us good things?” Let the light of your countenance shine upon us, O Lord!

You have given joy to my heart greater than when men abound in corn and wine.

As soon as I lie down, I fall asleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, do make me dwell in security.


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.



From Psalm 133 [134]


Exhortation to the Night Watch to Bless the Lord.

Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord; who stand in the house of the Lord during the night hours.

Lift up your hands towards the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who made heaven and earth.


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 — 1 Peter 4: 7 — 11


“That in all things God may be honoured”: transformed by charity,
the Christian’s life continually bears witness to the presence and action of God in it.


Beloved: Be prudent and watchful in prayers. But above all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves; for charity covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without murmuring. According to the gift that each has received, administer it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as with words of God. If anyone ministers, let it be as from the strength that God furnishes: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Alternative Readings

Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles

Nine Days of Prayer to the Holy Spirit


A ‘novena’ [from the Latin 'novem', meaning 9] is nine days of prayer, waiting on the Lord,
based on the model of the first disciples who prayed in common for 9 days
culminating in the coming of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1: 12 — 2: 5).


Day Three of Novena


Prayer To The Holy Spirit:


Most Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, behold me prostrate before you.

Most profoundly do I adore you, most thankfully bless you; and with the countless Seraphim who stand before your throne, I, too, cry out, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’.

I firmly believe that you are God; and I hope in your goodness that you will sanctify and save my soul.

I love you, divine Love, with all my heart and above all that this world holds — for you, Infinite Goodness, alone are worthy of all love.

In my ingratitude and blindness, I have often offended you by my sins; I ask your forgiveness.

I offer you this heart of mine — cold and dark: I pray you, shed your light upon it; warm it with the fire of your love. Amen.


St. Alphonsus Liguori (adapted)


From “Devotions to the Holy Spirit,” by Brian Moore, S.J.
Published by St. Paul Publications 1976.
Used with permission.

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Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55


Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41 — 45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb”  — to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.


“These things I have spoken to you, that when the time for them has come you may remember that I told you, Halleluia.”


My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour,

Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him. — He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

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.


He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away. -

He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

(As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.


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.


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.





Almighty and Everlasting God, grant us both ever to have a will devoted to You, and to serve Your Majesty with a sincere heart. 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.




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.


Part 2. Devotions Throughout Advent | Part 3. The Angelus | Part 4. Prayers For Protection