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Thursday Morning – Week After Ascension

 Week following the Sunday 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.

  • Be exalted O Lord, in Your strength; we will sing and chant praise, Halleluia.
  • I will extol you, Lord, for You have upheld me, Halleluia.
  • God mounts His throne amid shouts of joy; the Lord, amid trumpet blasts, Halleluia.

From Psalm 22 [23]

The Good Shepherd


The Lord is my shepherd: I want for nothing; he makes me rest in green pastures.

He leads me to waters where I may rest; he revives my spirit

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in a dark valley, I will fear no evil for you are with me.

Your rod and your staff: these comfort me.

You set a table for me in the sight of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,

And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for a long time.


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 3: 16 — 21


Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly: in all wisdom teach and admonish one another by psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing in your hearts to God by his grace. Whatever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is becoming in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter towards them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for that is pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, that they may not be discouraged.


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, 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.





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