Liturgy Planning

The Ascension of the Lord

May 29, 2022

Year C - Lectionary [58]

First Reading

Acts 1:1-11 | As the Apostles were looking on, Jesus was lifted up.

In my earlier work, Theophilus, I dealt with everything Jesus had done and taught from the beginning until the day he gave his instructions to the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit, and was taken up to heaven. He had shown himself alive to them after his Passion by many demonstrations: for forty days he had continued to appear to them and tell them about the kingdom of God. When he had been at table with them, he had told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for what the Father had promised. ‘It is’ he had said ‘what you have heard me speak about: John baptised with water but you, not many days from now, will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’

Now having met together, they asked him, ‘Lord, has the time come? Are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know times or dates that the Father has decided by his own authority, but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judaea and Samaria, and indeed to the ends of the earth.’

As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky when suddenly two men in white were standing near them and they said, ‘Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky? Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven, this same Jesus will come back in the same way as you have seen him go there.’


Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  | God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. or Alleluia!

  All peoples, clap your hands,

  cry to God with shouts of joy!

  For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

  great king over all the earth.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. or Alleluia!

  God goes up with shouts of joy;

  the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

  Sing praise for God, sing praise,

  sing praise to our king, sing praise.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. or Alleluia!

  God is king of all the earth,

  sing praise with all your skill.

  God is king over the nations;

  God reigns on his holy throne.

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast. or Alleluia!

Second Reading

Ephesians 1:17-23 | Christ has entered into heaven itself.

May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.


Hebrews 9:24-28,10:19-23 | Christ entered into heaven itself

It is not as though Christ had entered a man-made sanctuary which was only modelled on the real one; but it was heaven itself, so that he could appear in the actual presence of God on our behalf. And he does not have to offer himself again and again, like the high priest going into the sanctuary year after year with the blood that is not his own, or else he would have had to suffer over and over again since the world began. Instead of that, he has made his appearance once and for all, now at the end of the last age, to do away with sin by sacrificing himself. Since men only die once, and after that comes judgement, so Christ, too, offers himself only once to take the faults of many on himself, and when he appears a second time, it will not be to deal with sin but to reward with salvation those who are waiting for him.

In other words, brothers, through the blood of Jesus we have the right to enter the sanctuary, by a new way which he has opened for us, a living opening through the curtain, that is to say, his body. And we have the supreme high priest over all the house of God. So as we go in, let us be sincere in heart and filled with faith, our minds sprinkled and free from any trace of bad conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful.

Gospel Acclamation

Go, make disciples of all the nations. I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.

Matthew 28:19a, 20b



Luke 24:46-53  | As he blessed them, he was taken up to heaven.

Jesus said to his disciples:

‘You see how it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this.

‘And now I am sending down to you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’

Then he took them out as far as the outskirts of Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven. They worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God.


Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers


Psalm 47: God Goes Up
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 47: God Mounts His Throne
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 72: Every Nation on Earth
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 72: Justice Shall Flourish
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP

Hymns & Songs

All the Earth Proclaim the Lord
Composer: Deiss, Lucien
Text: Psalm 100
Publisher: WLP
Alleluia, Praise the Risen Son
Composer: Warner
Publisher: GIA
Alleluia, Sing to Jesus
Text: Dix, William C.
Be Not Afraid
Composer: Dufford SJ, Bob
Text: Dufford SJ, Bob
Publisher: OCP
Glory and Praise to Our God
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
Go Make Of All Disciples
Text: Adkins, Leon M.
Publisher: GIA
Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise
Text: Wesley, Charles
In Christ There Is No East or West
Text: Oxenham, John
Isaiah 12: 2-3, 4, 6
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Take and Eat This Bread
Composer: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Text: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Publisher: GIA
The Song and the Silence
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Though the Mountains May Fall
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
We Walk by Faith
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Alford, Henry
Publisher: GIA