Vol: 43, No.31 THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD ( C) May 08 2016  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
Men of Galilee, why gaze in wonder at the heavens? This Jesus whom you saw ascending into heaven will return as you saw him go, alleluia. (Acts 1:11)
PENITENTIAL RITE

Authorization or empowerment is essential for a person to perform his/her assigned tasks, such as a student who passes a competitive exam is empowered to take a job for which he/she is qualified; those who win a public ballot receive the mandate to legislate laws and regulations, and those who marry are empowered to exercise their conjugal rights. The ascension was the crowning moment in the life of Jesus when God the Father received him back to heaven. It was at ascension that Jesus promised his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit who would be the power behind their missionary undertaking. The reception of the Holy Spirit was the empowering moment in the life of the disciples who did not hesitate a bit in the rapid spread of the Good News that was entrusted to them by the ascending Jesus. Do we feel empowered by the Holy Spirit? What do we do to bring the message of Jesus to fruition? (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/ in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
 
Glory to God in the highest...
COLLECT
Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God, and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving, for the Ascension of Christ your Son is our exaltation, and, where the Head has gone before in glory, the Body is called to follow in hope. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
FIRST READING
(At the time of the ascension, Jesus promises his disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit who will guide them in their missionary work. They are told to wait in Jerusalem until they receive the Spirit).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (1:1-11)
In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he presented himself alive after his passion by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “You heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has
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