ASCENSION OF THE LORD – YEAR A

PRIEST:   Today we celebrate our Mission as a Church – for Jesus sends us out to the whole world to be his witnesses. Today we celebrate Jesus enthroned as our King,  as he goes up to his throne with shouts of Joy and in the Cloud of divine Presence,  and all the powers of heaven and earth are made subject to him, exalted in Glory. Today we celebrate the immensity of our human dignity,  as in Jesus our brother, our human flesh is taken up into the very presence of God.  Today is a day of great rejoicing  and Jesus’ great trust in us.  Let us empty our hearts of the sin that limits our joy.

READER:    For the fear and narrowness of vision that stops us
being a missionary community…

                                                  LORD HAVE MERCY …

When we claim Jesus as our King,
                          but fail to walk his Royal Way of love,
fail to give him first priority in our lives…

                                                  CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

Whenever another human person is abused,
                         their dignity ignored or diminished;
                         for leaving our brothers and sisters to starve of food or freedom

                                                  LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:       May the God who calls us to eternal glory
transfigure
 our every weakness;
                         May Jesus our High Priest clothe us
with the mercy H
e has won for us by his blood;
                        May the Spirit who dwells in every human heart
heal
every wound that diminishes us;
                        and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                                AMEN!

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