Welcome to our Ascension Day  service 

O God, make speed to save us.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Your throne has been established from of old;

you are from everlasting. Alleluia.

One or more of the following is said or sung:

Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth,

to you be glory and praise for ever.

From the darkness of death you have raised your Christ

to the right hand of your majesty on high.

The pioneer of our faith, his passion accomplished,

has opened for us the way to heaven

and sends on us the promised Spirit.

May we be ready to follow the Way

and so be brought to the glory of his presence

where songs of triumph for ever sound:

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.

This opening prayer may be said

That this evening may be holy, good and peaceful,

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As our evening prayer rises before you, O God,

so may your mercy come down upon us

to cleanse our hearts

and set us free to sing your praise

now and for ever. Amen.

The Word of God ; Psalmody

 Psalm 47


1  Clap your hands together, all you peoples; •

    O sing to God with shouts of joy.

2  For the Lord Most High is to be feared; •                                                                                                                                                he is the great King over all the earth.

3  He subdued the peoples under us •                                                                                                                                                         and the nations under our feet.

4  He has chosen our heritage for us, •                                                                                                                                                        the pride of Jacob, whom he loves.

5  God has gone up with a merry noise, •                                                                                                                                                    the Lord with the sound of the trumpet.

6  O sing praises to God, sing praises; •
   sing praises to our King, sing praises.                                                                                                                                                  
7  For God is the King of all the earth; •
   sing praises with all your skill.                                                                                                                                                                    
8  God reigns over the nations; •
   God has taken his seat upon his holy throne.                                                                                                                                              
9  The nobles of the peoples are gathered together •
   with the people of the God of Abraham.                                                                                                                                                 
10  For the powers of the earth belong to God •
   and he is very highly exalted.

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.

 First Scripture reading 

 Acts 1; 

In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning

until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 

 After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.                                                                                                                                               

While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. ‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me;                                                                                                           

for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.’

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’                      

He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’

When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them.

They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’


The following, or another suitable canticle, may be said or sung


Christ was believed in throughout the world

and taken up in glory. Alleluia.

Christ Jesus was revealed in the flesh 

and vindicated in the spirit.  R

He was seen by angels 

and proclaimed among the nations .R

Believed in throughout the world, 

he was taken up in glory.  R

This will be made manifest at the proper time 

by the blessed and only Sovereign, R

Who alone has immortality, 

and dwells in unapproachable light.  R

Second Scripture reading 

1 Timothy 3.16; 6.15, 16



To the King of kings and Lord of Lords 

be honour and eternal dominion. Amen.


Third Scripture ReadingChrist was believed in throughout the world

and taken up in glory. Alleluia.

Luke 24.44-end

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.

A suitable song or chant, or a responsory in this or another form, may follow

Sing to the Lord and bless his name;

tell out his salvation from day to day.

God has gone up with a merry noise;

sing to the Lord and bless his name.

The Lord with the sound of the trumpet:

tell out his salvation from day to day.

He has led captivity captive, and given gifts to his people.

Sing to the Lord and bless his name;

tell out his salvation from day to day.

from Psalms 47 and 68

Gospel Canticle

The Magnificat (The Song of Mary) is said


I have made your name known to those you have given me;

and now I pray for them, for I am coming to you. Alleluia.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; 

he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. R

From this day all generations will call me blessed; 

the Almighty has done great things for me

and holy is his name.R

He has mercy on those who fear him, 

from generation to generation.R

He has shown strength with his arm 

and has scattered the proud in their conceit, R

Casting down the mighty from their thrones 

and lifting up the lowly.  R

He has filled the hungry with good things 

and sent the rich away empty. R

He has come to the aid of his servant Israel, 

to remember his promise of mercy, R

The promise made to our ancestors, 

to Abraham and his children for ever.R

Luke 1.46-55

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now

and shall be for ever. Amen.


I have made your name known to those you have given me;

and now I pray for them, for I am coming to you. Alleluia.


Thanksgiving may be made for the day.

Intercessions are offered

¶ for peace

¶ for individuals and their needs

Prayers may include the following concerns from the cycle on pages 364–365

¶ God’s royal priesthood, for empowerment by the Spirit

¶ Those who wait on God, that they may find renewal

¶ All people, that they may acknowledge the kingdom of the ascended Christ

¶ The earth, for productivity and for fruitful harvests

¶ All who are struggling with broken relationships

A form of prayer found on page 383 may be used.

These responses may be used

Lord, hear us.

Lord, graciously hear us.

Silence may be kept.


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.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Looking for the coming of his kingdom,  as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

The Conclusion

May Christ, who has opened the kingdom of heaven,

bring us to reign with him in glory. Amen.


Let us bless the Lord. Alleluia, alleluia.

Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.