Daily Bible Reading

The Festival of the Ascension of our Lord

Chief Hymn: The Lutheran Hymnal #387

Liturgical Color: White

Introit

P: MEN OF || Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into | heav- | en? *

—| Al- | le- | lu- | ia!

P: || This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heav -en, (+) will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into | heav- | en. *

Alleluia! | Al- | le- | lu- | ia! (Acts 1:11b)

P: || Oh, clap your hands, all you | peo- | ples! *

Shout to God with the | voice | of | tri- | umph! (Psalm 47:1)

GLORIA PATRI (From Hymnal; Sung by Congregation)

P: || Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into | heav- | en? * —| Al- | le- | lu- | ia!

P: || This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heav -en, (+) will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into | heav- | en. * Alleluia! | Al- | le- | lu- | ia! (Acts 1:11b)

Psalm Readings

Collect

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe Thine Only-Begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to have ascended into the heavens, so may we also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with Him continually dwell; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11

1  The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Gradual

P: || Alleluia! Alleluia! God has gone up with a | shout, | - * The Lord with the sound | of | a | trum- | pet.

P: || Alleluia! You have ascended on | high, | - You have led captivity captive. | Al- | le- | lu- | ia! (Psalm 47:5; 68:18a)

Second Reading: Mark 16:14-20

Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.