The Ascension of Jesus

You will be my witnesses

Jesus ascends into heaven and hands on the task of proclaiming the Gospel to his disciples. But they are not left alone. Rather he promises them the gift of the Holy Spirit for their mission

In the name of the Father...

We come to the Lord seeking his mercy and forgiveness





May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins
and bring us to everlasting life.


Opening Prayer

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.


Liturgy of the Word

Click here to go to Universalis for the readings (or use your missal )

This  a setting of the psalm for today

Fr. Tony's Homily

To follow

Say together the Apostles Creed

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the Faithful

Use this time to bring any prayers before the Lord, both for your own needs and for those of the wider world and the Church.

Liturgy of the Eucharist

The Liturgy of the Eucharist normally begins with the Offertory Collection and the preparation of the Gifts

You may wish to reflect silently or together on the gifts you are going to offer to the Lord over the coming week.

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Praying for each other

At this time of separation and isolation, we should keep praying for each other. I pray for the parish each day at Mass and in saying my daily prayers. I will also bring particular intentions before the Lord, especially on Sundays during a period of Adoration between 5 and 6 pm. I invite you to send any particular prayer requests to

and also to join with me in this time of prayer.

Although it is not appropriate to read the main part of the Eucharistic Prayer, the Preface and the Holy Holy are a suitable way of us offering our thanks and praise to God.

The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

it is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For the Lord Jesus, the King of glory,
conqueror of sin and death,
ascended (today) to the highest heavens,
as the Angels gazed in wonder.

Mediator between God and man,
judge of the world and Lord of hosts,
he ascended, not to distance himself from our lowly state
but that we, his members, might be confident of following
where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and even the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

This setting of the Holy Holy comes from the same composer as the Gloria. 

Alternatively you can use the more familiar one using the music player below it

Holy Holy, Christopher Walker

In place of the main part of the Eucharistic prayer, reflect in silence for a while that the Mass is being celebrated all around the world, including in our parish church each day. In a sense it is one big celebration, since it is always the one sacrifice of Christ on the cross, and you can unite yourselves to that celebration in your heart.

Jesus' Ascension into Heaven means he is no longer limited to being in one time and place. Rather he is with us always. This is particularly true in the Blessed Sacrament, but it is no less true in many other ways, especially when we gather to pray

Say together the Our Father, reminding yourselves that though we are currently unable to come together as a parish in prayer, we are united as the children of one Father.

Our Father...

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles:
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.

Who live and reign for ever and ever.


The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And with your spirit.

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

Act of Spiritual Communion

When we are unable to receive communion, the Church teaches us that we receive the same graces through and act of spiritual communion here is a prayer for that purpose:

Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament,

I love you above all things and I desire to possess you within my soul.
Since I am unable at this moment to receive you sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace you as being already there and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Let us pray.

Almighty ever-living God,
who allow those on earth to celebrate divine mysteries,
grant, we pray,
that Christian hope may draw us onward
to where our nature is united with you.


May the Lord bless us, keep us from all evil,

and bring us to everlasting life. 

Amen. Alleluia. 

Final Hymn

NB you need to join in with the actions as well!! 

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit, 

fill the hearts of your faithful 

and kindle in them the fire of your love. 

Send forth your Spirit 

and they shall be created. 

And You shall renew the face of the earth. 


O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, 

did instruct the hearts of the faithful, 

grant that by the same Holy Spirit 

we may be truly wise

and ever enjoy His consolations, 

Through Christ Our Lord.



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