Catholic Mass for June 2nd, 2019: The Ascension of Our Lord

(soft piano music) ♪ A hymn of glory let us sing ♪ ♪ New songs throughout
the world shall ring ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Christ, by a road
before untrod ♪ ♪ Ascends unto the
throne of God ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ (baby cries) – In the name of the father, and of the son, and
of the holy spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Good morning. – [Congregation] Good morning. – This first Sunday of June, we celebrate a great feast,
the ascension of our lord. Although the 40th day after
Easter was Thursday last, many diocese, like our own, have transferred the
celebration to this Sunday. As we reflect on
our sins, we rejoice that Jesus, who
ascended to the heavens, will return to
gather up his own. Lord Jesus, he died
and rose again, fulfilling all prophecy. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, you
ascended to the right hand of the father. Christ, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus, you promised
to send your holy spirit. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – May almighty God
have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
bring us to everlasting life. – [Congregation] Amen. – Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to
people of good will. We praise you, we bless
you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you
thanks for your great glory. Lord God, heavenly king,
oh God, almighty father. Lord Jesus Christ,
only begotten son, lord God, lamb of God,
son of the father, you take away the
sins of the world. Have mercy on us. You take away the
sins of the world. – [Congregation]
Receive our prayer. – You are seated at the
right hand of the father. Have mercy on us, for you
alone are the holy one, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the most
high, Jesus Christ, with the holy spirit, in the
glory of God the father, amen. Let us pray. Gladden us with holy
joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with
devout thanksgiving, for the ascension
of Christ, your son, is our exultation. Where the head has
gone before in glory, the body is called
to follow in hope. We pray through
Christ, our lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – A reading from the beginning of The Acts of the Apostles. “In the first book, Theophilus, “I dealt with all that
Jesus did and taught “until the day he was taken up. “After giving instructions
through the holy spirit “to the apostles
whom he had chosen, “he presented himself
alive to them, “but many proofs
after he had suffered, “appearing to them
during 40 days, “and speaking about
the kingdom of God. “While reading with them, he
enjoined them not to depart “from Jerusalem, but to wait
for the promise of the father “about which you
have heard me speak, “for John baptized with water, “but in a few days,
you will be baptized “with the holy spirit. “When they had
gathered together, “they asked him, ‘Lord,
are you, at this time, “‘going to restore the
kingdom to Israel?’ “He answered, ‘It is
not for you to know “‘the times or seasons that
the father has established “‘by his own authority, “‘but you will receive power “‘when the holy
spirit comes upon you, “‘and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem, “‘throughout Judea and Samaria, “‘and to the ends of the earth.’ “When he had said this,
as they were looking on, “he was lifted up, and a cloud
took him from their sight. “While they were looking
intently at the sky “as he was going, suddenly, “two men, dressed in white
garments, stood beside them. “They said, ‘Men of Galilee, “‘why are you standing
there looking at the sky? “‘This Jesus, who has been
taken up from you into heaven, “‘will return in the same way “‘as you have seen him
going into heaven.'” The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (lively piano music) ♪ God mounts his throne
to shouts of joy ♪ ♪ A blare of trumpets
for the Lord ♪ ♪ God mounts his throne
to shouts of Joy ♪ ♪ A blare of trumpets
for the Lord ♪ ♪ All peoples, clap your hands ♪ ♪ Cry out to God
with shouts of joy ♪ ♪ For the Lord, the
most high, is awesome ♪ ♪ The great king
over all the earth ♪ ♪ God mounts his throne
to shouts of joy ♪ ♪ A blare of trumpets
for the Lord ♪ A reading from the
letter to the Hebrews. “Christ did not enter into
a sanctuary made by hands, “a copy of the true
one, but heaven itself, “that he might now appear
before God on our behalf. “Not that he might
offer himself repeatedly “as the high priest enters
each year into the sanctuary “with blood that is not his own. “If that were so, he would
have to suffer repeatedly “from the foundation
of the world, “but now, once for
all, he has appeared “at the end of the ages “to take away sin
by his sacrifice. “Just as it is appointed “that men and women die once, “and after this, the judgment, “so also Christ, offered once
to take away the sins of many, “will appear a second
time not to take away sin, “but to bring salvation to
those who eagerly await him. “Therefore, brothers
and sisters, “since, through
the blood of Jesus, “we have confidence of
entrance into the sanctuary “by the new and living
way he opened for us “through the veil
that is his flesh, “and since we have a great
priest over the house of God, “let us approach
with a sincere heart “and an absolute trust, with
our hearts sprinkled clean “from the evil conscience, “and our bodies
washed in pure water. “Let us hold unwaverly
to our confession “that gives us hope, “for he who made the
promise is trustworthy.” The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (lively piano music) ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – A proclamation
from the holy gospel, the good news according to Luke. – [Congregation]
Glory to the Lord. – “Jesus said to his disciples, “‘Thus it is written that
the Christ would suffer “‘and rise from the
dead on the third day, “‘and that repentance
for the forgiveness “‘of sins would be
preached in his name “‘to all the nations,
beginning from Jerusalem. “‘You are witnesses
of these things, “‘and behold, I am
sending the promise “‘of my father upon you, “‘but stay in the city
until you are clothed “‘with power from on high.’ “Then Jesus led them
out as far as Bethany, “raised his hands,
and blessed them. “As he blessed them,
he parted from them, “and was taken up to heaven. “They did him homage,
and then returned “to Jerusalem with great joy, “and they were continually
in the temple, praising God.” The gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation] Praise be
to you, Lord Jesus Christ. – Today, we celebrate one of the great feasts
of the church. Oftentimes, you
hear the expression, the pascal mystery. The pascal mystery has
many moments, if you will, the passion, death,
resurrection, ascension,
and Pentecost, all these great feasts
that we’ve been celebrating since Easter Sunday itself. Jesus spent 40 days
after his resurrection, 40 days, proving to his
apostles and disciples that he was alive. He did this in so
many different ways, but he knew that, eventually, that he would be leaving them. We all know that leave-taking
is very difficult for those of us we leave,
for those we leave behind. I’m sure, in our lives, you’ve had many such farewells. For parents, sometimes,
it’s difficult to see the little
child go to preschool or kindergarten
for the first day, and that leaving is
only for a few hours. As the children
grow up, they leave to perhaps go out of state
to college somewhere, or leave to get
their own apartment, or to get married, and all these leave-takings
can be difficult, but they are necessary. Normally, we don’t
want our children to stay in our homes forever. We want them, eventually,
to leave, and move on, so that’s what Jesus was
telling his apostles, that it is good that I leave because great things will happen
to you upon that departure. He had to consider
his last words. His last words in
Luke’s gospel are, you are witnesses of
all that I told you. You are witnesses of everything that you’ve learned over
the last three years, and not just witnesses in
the sense of, I saw this, or I heard this, but
I must proclaim this, and tell this to others. In a sense, Jesus was saying your seminary career is over. Your college days are finished. Now I’m gonna send you out, and you’re being sent
out to change the world. How important that is
for all of us to realize that we are sent out too. At the end of every mass, and I’m sure you hear
priests or deacons tell you that one of the
most important parts of mass is the dismissal. We say, the mass is ended. Go in peace, to love
God, to love one another, to serve the Lord, to
be witnesses to Christ, so our work has just
begun at the end of mass. Sometimes, people ask me, well, what do you think
of that liturgy Sunday? I say, well, I really won’t know until five, six days from now. I can only measure the goodness, the strength of a liturgy on the impact it had on people and the rest of their week, so that’s the very
important part of liturgy, is dismissal,
sending people forth. Now, both the first reading, which was Luke’s account
of the ascension, and the gospel reading,
also from Luke, said that, go back to
Jerusalem, and wait, and I have a gift for you. Come back next week, and I’ll
tell you what that gift is. Please stand. Still in these 50 days
of the Easter season, once again, we renew
our vows of baptism. Do you reject sin, and Satan, and all those false promises? – [Congregation] I do. – Then do you believe in
God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth? – [Congregation] I do. – Do you believe in Jesus
Christ, his only son, our lord, who was born to the virgin Mary, suffered death, and was buried,
rose again from the dead, and is seated at the
right hand of the father? – [Congregation] I do. – Do you believe
in the holy spirit, the holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? – [Congregation] I do. – This is our faith. We are proud to profess it
in Christ Jesus, our lord. Jesus Christ, ascended on high, fills the whole world
with God’s gifts. Let us pray for our needs, and the needs of all people. – That the Church may
continue Jesus’ reconciling and forgiving ministry with
joy, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That peoples of all
nations forgive others and build a world of
peace and justice, we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That those seeking repentance and forgiveness may be embraced by the mercy of God,
we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That each of us
put into action the good news that has
been preached to us, praising God by our lives,
we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – Good and gracious
God, the risen Christ blessed his disciples before
he ascended into heaven. Grant our prayers, and
help us to be faithful to the gift of the holy
spirit dwelling within us. We ask this through
Jesus Christ, our lord. – [Congregation] Amen. (soft piano music) – Pray, my friends,
that my sacrifice and yours be acceptable to
God, the almighty father. – [Congregation] May the
Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise
and glory of his name, for our good, and the
walls of his holy church. – We offer sacrifice now
in supplication, oh Lord, to honor the wondrous
ascension of your son. Grant, we pray, that, through
this most holy exchange, we too may rise up to
the heavenly realms. We pray through
Christ, our lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregation] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord, our God. – [Congregation] It
is right and just. – It is truly right and just, our duty, and our salvation, always and everywhere,
to give you thanks, Lord, holy father,
almighty and eternal God, for the Lord Jesus,
the king of glory, conqueror of sin and death, ascended today to
the highest heavens as the angels gazed in wonder, mediator between
God and humanity. Judge of the world
and lord of hosts, he ascended not to
distance himself from our lowly
state, but that we, his members, might be
confident of following where he, our head and
founder, has gone before. Therefore, overcome
with pascal joy, every land, every people
exalts in your praise, and even the heavenly powers with the angelic
hosts sing together the unending hymn of your
glory as they acclaim. (lively piano music) ♪ Holy, holy, holy
Lord God of hosts ♪ ♪ Heaven and earth are
full of your glory ♪ ♪ Hosannah in the highest ♪ ♪ Blessed is he who comes
in the name of the Lord ♪ ♪ Hosannah ♪ ♪ Hosannah in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosannah ♪ ♪ Hosannah in the highest ♪ You are indeed holy, oh Lord. Make holy, therefore,
these gifts, we pray, by sending down your
holy spirit upon them, that they may become, for us, the body and blood of
our lord Jesus Christ. At the time he was betrayed,
Jesus took bread, and, giving thanks, broke it and
gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take this, all of you, “and eat of it, for
this is my body, “which will be
given up for you.” (baby cries) In a similar way,
when supper was ended, he took the cup, and
once more giving thanks, he gave it to his
disciples, saying, “Take this, all of
you, and drink from it, “for this is the
cup of my blood, “the blood of the new
and eternal covenant, “which will be poured
out for you and for all “for the forgiveness of sins. “Do this in memory of me.” The mystery of faith. (soft piano music) ♪ We proclaim your
death, oh Lord ♪ ♪ And profess your
resurrection ♪ ♪ Until you come again ♪ ♪ Until you come again ♪ Therefore, as we
celebrate the memory of Jesus’ death
and resurrection, we offer you, oh God,
the bread of life and the cup of salvation, giving thanks that
you’ve held us worthy to be in your presence
and minister to you. Humbly, we pray that, partaking of the body and blood of Christ, we may be gathered into one by the holy spirit. Remember, Lord, your church
spread throughout the world, and bring into the
fullness of charity, together with Francis, our pope, and George Leo, our bishop, and all the clergy. Remember also our
sisters and brothers who’ve fallen asleep in the
hope of the resurrection, and all who have
died in your mercy, welcome them into the
light of your face. Have mercy on us all, we pray, for the blessed virgin
Mary, mother of God, for the blessed
Joseph, her spouse, for the blessed apostles,
and all the saints who pleased you
throughout the ages, we may join them
in eternal life, and praise and glorify you through your son Jesus Christ. ♪ Through Christ, and with
Christ, and in Christ ♪ ♪ To you, oh God,
almighty father ♪ ♪ In the unity of
the holy spirit ♪ ♪ All glory and honor is yours ♪ ♪ Forever and ever ♪ (lively piano music) ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ Now let us pray in
the words of Jesus. 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
trespassed against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Yes, Lord, deliver
us from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy, keep
us free from sin. Protect us from danger,
doubts, and anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our
savior, Jesus Christ. – [Congregation]
For the kingdom, and the power, and the glory
are yours, now and forever. – Lord Jesus Christ, you
said to your apostles, “I leave you peace, and
my peace I give you.” Don’t look at our sins. Look at our faith, our goodness. Grant us the peace and
unity of your kingdom, where you live and
reign forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – The peace of Jesus
Christ be with you always. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Let us share with each
other a sign of peace. – Lamb of God, you take
away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world. Grant us peace. – Behold, the lamb
of God, Jesus Christ, our risen lord,
ascended into heaven. How blessed are we, who share
in the supper of the lamb? Lord, I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed. (soft piano music) ♪ If you would follow me ♪ ♪ Follow where life will lead ♪ ♪ Do not look for
me among the dead ♪ ♪ For I am hidden in pain ♪ ♪ Risen in love ♪ ♪ There is no harvest
without sowing of grain ♪ ♪ All that is hidden
will be made clear ♪ ♪ All that is dark
now will be revealed ♪ ♪ What you have
heard in the dark ♪ ♪ Proclaim in the light ♪ ♪ What you hear in whispers ♪ ♪ Proclaim from the housetops ♪ ♪ All that is hidden
will be made clear ♪ ♪ All that is dark
now will be revealed ♪ ♪ What you have
heard in the dark ♪ ♪ Proclaim in the light ♪ ♪ What you hear in whispers ♪ ♪ Proclaim from the housetops ♪ Let us pray. Almighty, ever-living God, who allow those on earth to
celebrate divine mysteries, grant, we pray, that Christian
hope may draw us onward to where our nature
is united with you. We pray through
Christ, our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May almighty God
bless us, the father, and the son, and
the holy spirit. – [Congregation] Amen. – Our mass is ended. Wonderful Sunday,
and great week ahead. Let us go now in peace to
love God and one another. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (lively piano music) ♪ Go to the world ♪ ♪ Go into all the earth ♪ ♪ Go preach the cross where
Christ renews life’s word ♪ ♪ Baptizing as the
sign of our rebirth ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Go to the world ♪ ♪ Go into every place ♪ ♪ Go live the word of
God’s redeeming grace ♪ ♪ Go seek God’s presence ♪ ♪ In each time and space ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ (soft rock music)

4 thoughts on “Catholic Mass for June 2nd, 2019: The Ascension of Our Lord”

  1. Beautiful Mass, I still prefer the Tradition Latin Mass but this one was well said, thanks for sharing!! God Bless!!

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