Sign of the Cross


Praise and glory to the Lord Jesus
who is seated at the right hand of the Father.
May his grace and peace be with you all.

Introduction and Litany of Praise

Option A         

Today we rejoice in the Ascension of Christ our Savior.
It is the sign that his work is completed
and his Father is well pleased.
Now Jesus invites us to carry on his mission
and to be his presence where we live and work. (pause)

Lord Jesus, you sit at the right hand of the Father:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are above every authority and power:

Christ, have mercy.

 Lord Jesus, you are with us always…. to the end of time:

Lord, have mercy.


Option B         

Christ, the God-Man, has ascended into heaven.
He has returned to his Father
and entered into his glory.
Our hope of everlasting glory is strengthened.
Let us call upon him now as we pray:

Lord Jesus, in your risen body you appeared to your disciples:

Lord have mercy.

You ascended on high to be seated at the right hand of your Father:

Christ, have mercy.

You will come again in your glory to judge the living and the dead:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Option A

God of majesty,
yours is the power that raised Christ from death,
yours is the glory that exalted him to your right hand.
Clothe us with power from on high
that we may proclaim the good news to the whole world,
confirming our message by the sign of our love for one another.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

Option B         

God of all creation,
whose mighty power raised Jesus from the dead,
be present to this community of disciples
who have been baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection.

Strengthen us in the power of the Spirit
to go and make disciples of all nations,
to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us,
and to know that he is with us always
until the end of the age.

Grant this through Jesus Christ,
the first-born from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

Liturgy of the Word

The Committee that prepared the text for the Feast of the Ascension ABC was guided by the following factors:

  • In some parts of the world the Feast is celebrated on a Thursday;        in other parts, it is celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter.
  • All the Years (ABC) have the same First Reading and Responsorial Psalm.
  • Some Lectionaries have different 2nd Readings for Years A, B and C.

Other Lectionaries have one Reading only – Eph. 1.17-23 – which is very appropriate.   “God raised …Christ ….from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places….”

Since this text is being used in different parts of the world, the only Scripture that will change from Year to Year will be the Gospel.




P       With joy and hope in our hearts because of the victory of Christ, let us pray in the power of his name for he now sits in glory at the right hand of the Father.

CM      And let our response be: Lord, draw us close to you.

(Please repeat)

  1. That we may not keep looking towards heaven for the answers to today’s problems but commit ourselves to the common task of making this world a better, safer place for all humankind. We pray:
  2. That we will renew our life-commitment to work for a new heaven and a new earth by caring for our planet – and for all life on our planet – God’s gift to us here and now. We pray:
  3. May all engaged in the media recognize that they are stewards of a privileged ministry of telling the truth to enlighten and enrich the human community. We pray:
  4. For the Filipino nation: (pause) As we elect our political leaders, may we follow our conscience, vote wisely. protect the sanctity of the ballot, ads respect the will of the people, let us pray:
  5. For all those suffering because of El Nino, both in the Philippines and in S.E. Asia (pause). That rain will bless their land and their crops and take away their hunger and thirst: let us pray:

[The Presider may add a petition that is relevant / local]

P       God, our Father, we ask that you listen to our prayers. We pray that,
at the name of Jesus,
every knee shall bend and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. AMEN

Prayer over the Gifts

God of endless ages,
here in these signs of bread and wine
your Son Jesus keeps his promise
to be with us always, even to the end of time.
May he live and grow in us
so that, by the power of the Holy Spirit,
we may invite, welcome, and make disciples from all nations
Grant this in the name of Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

Note that there are two Prefaces (P 26, P27 in SACRAMENTARY) for the Feast of the Ascension.

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

Christ now sits at the right hand of the Father
where he intercedes for us.
Let us pray to the Father in the words he taught us:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Jesus has gone before us.
But he has told us that where he is
we shall one day be.
On the strength of that word
let us go forward in joyful hope
while we await the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Rite of Peace

Lord Jesus Christ,
you said to your apostles:

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses to the ends of the earth.”

Let us not stand looking at the heavens;
rather, let us be his witnesses to people on earth,
and grant us the peace of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Sign of Peace

Let us acknowledge Christ’s power in our midst
by offering one another a sign of his peace.

Invitation to Communion

This is Jesus who said:

“Know that I am with you always
until the end of time.”

Blessed are we who are called to receive him at this altar-table.

Prayer after Communion

Heavenly Father,
you have entrusted to us the mission you gave to your Son;
we are to be his presence in the world,
his witnesses to the ends of the earth.

Christ has no body on earth but ours.

He has no hands but ours to raise up the fallen,

no feet but ours to seek out the lost.

He has no eyes but ours to see the silent tears of the suffering:

no ears but ours to listen to the lonely.

He has no tongue but ours to speak a word of comfort to the sad:

no heart but ours to love the unloved.

Father, send us the Holy Spirit

so that we can be the body of Jesus our Lord.   AMEN

Solemn Blessing

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

After his resurrection, Christ was seen by his disciples.
When he appears as judge
may you be pleasing in his sight.   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.   AMEN.


Jesus who ascended to heaven will return again.
Go and bear witness to his Gospel of Service.

Download printable file here: Ascension – ABC

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