Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

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Ascension of Christ, by Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo, 1510-1520

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Luke 24:45-53

(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.)

Saint Augustine of Canterbury

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St. Augustine of Canterbury Preaching Before King Ethelbert, by Edmund Evans, 1864

Prayer for the Feast of
Saint Augustine of Canterbury

O God, Who by the preaching and
miracles of blessed Augustine,
Thy Confessor and Bishop,
didst vouchsafe to shed upon the English people
the light of the true faith;
grant that, through his intercession,
the hearts of those that have gone astray
may return to the unity of Thy truth,
and that we may be of one mind in doing Thy will.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
one world without end.

Amen.