The proper prayers for the Sunday after the Ascension can be found below or as a downloadable, printable PDF booklet here: Propers for the Sunday after the Ascension. The PDF booklet also features a short excerpt from Frank J. Sheed’s book Theology and Sanity.
INTROIT (Isaias 26. 7-9)
HEAR, O Lord, my voice with which I have cried to Thee, alleluia; my heart hath said to Thee: I have sought Thy face, Thy face, O Lord, I will seek: turn not away Thy face from me, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. ibid. 1. The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? ℣. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. — Hear, O Lord …
O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, make us always bear towards Thee a devoted will, and serve Thy Majesty with a sincere heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
EPISTLE From the First Letter of Blessed Peter the Apostle, 4. 7-11.
DEARLY beloved, be ye prudent and watch in prayers. But before all things have a constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins. Using hospitality one towards another, without murmuring: as every man hath received grace, ministering the same, one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak, as the words of God: if any minister, let him do it, as of the power which God administereth: that in all things God may be honored through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps. 46. 9.) The Lord hath reigned over all the nations; God sitteth on His holy throne. Alleluia. (John 14. 18.) I will not leave you orphans: I go away, and I come unto you, and your heart shall rejoice. Alleluia.
GOSPEL Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John, 15. 26, 27; 16. 1-4.
AT THAT TIME Jesus said to His disciples: When the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, He shall give testimony to Me: and you shall give testimony because you are with Me from the beginning. These things I have spoken to you, that you may not be scandalized. They will put you out of the synagogues: yea, the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor Me. But these things I have told you, that, when the hour shall come, you may remember that I told you of them.
OFFERTORY (Psalm 46. 6)
MAY these spotless Sacrifices purify us, O Lord, and give to our minds the strength of heavenly grace. Through our Lord…
PREFACE FOR ASCENSION
IT is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, at all times and in all places to give thanks to Thee, holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: through Christ our Lord. Who after His Resurrection appeared openly to all His disciples and in the sight of them all was taken up into heaven, that He might make us sharers in His own Divinity. And therefore, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominations, and with all the hosts of the heavenly army, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, evermore saying: — Sanctus.
COMMUNION (John 17. 12, 13, 15)
FATHER, while I was with them, I kept them whom Thou gavest Me, alleluia; but now I come to Thee: I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldst keep them from evil, alleluia, alleluia.
GRANT, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we may be ever grateful for having filled us with Thy sacred Gifts. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ …