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.
(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.)
Song of the Angels, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1881
Prayer to the Mother of the Lord
for All Mothers
Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers,
we turn to you.
We thank the Lord whom you serve
for the great gift of motherhood.
Never has it been known that anyone
who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace.
Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes”
to the invitation of the angel
which brought heaven to earth and changed human history.
You opened yourself to God’s word
and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers.
Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace
of surrendered love so that they could join with you
in giving their own “Fiat.”
May they find daily strength to say yes
to the call to the sacrificial love
– the very heart of the vocation of motherhood.
May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration
for all of us called to follow your Son.
On this Mothers day,
Mother of the Word Incarnate,
pray for us who have recourse to you…
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.