Ascension Thursday

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The Ascension of Christ, by Fritz von Uhde, 1897

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

John 14:1-3

(All US ecclesiastical provinces, except Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia, have transferred the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord to the 7th Sunday of Easter.)

Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel

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Saint Michael Archangel, by Johann Michael Rottmayr, 1697

Prayer to Saint Michael

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our protection against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.

May God rebuke him,
we humbly pray; and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan
and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.