Ascension Day

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Luke 24.44–53
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’     Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures,     and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day,     and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.     You are witnesses of these things.     And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.’
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them.     While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.    And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;     and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

Psalm 110
    The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand,
   until I make your enemies your footstool.’
    May the Lord stretch forth the sceptre of your power;
   rule from Zion in the midst of your enemies.
    ‘Noble are you on this day of your birth;
   on the holy mountain, from the womb of the dawn
      the dew of your new birth is upon you.’
    The Lord has sworn and will not retract:
   ‘You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’
    The king at your right hand, O Lord,
   shall smite down kings in the day of his wrath.
    In all his majesty, he shall judge among the nations,
   smiting heads over all the wide earth.
    He shall drink from the brook beside the way;
   therefore shall he lift high his head.