May 12, About Today for Sunday in the 7th Week of Easter

The Ascension of the Lord


The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord may be celebrated today if it was not celebrated on Thursday. This holy solemnity, which the Acts of the Apostles 1:3 situates forty days after the Resurrection, commemorates Jesus’ return to his Father in heaven.[1] This solemn blessing for the Feast expresses its significance for us:

Blessing for Ascension:

May almighty God bless you on this day when his only Son
ascended into heaven to prepare a place for you.

R. Amen!

After his resurrection, Christ was seen by His disciples.
When He appears as judge may you be pleasing for ever in His sight.

R. Amen!

You believe that Jesus has taken His seat in majesty at the right hand of the Father. May you have the joy of experiencing that He is also with you to the end of time, according to His promise.

R. Amen![2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Ascension.”
[2] Prayer app: The ultimate reference to Catholic Prayers for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Blessing for Ascension.”

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