Collect for the Feast of the Ascension

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens 
that he might fill all things: 
Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, 
he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Jay Croft said…
"Ascension Sunday?" a cop-out. The Feast of the Ascension was last Thursday.

I am always amazed that Episcopal churches studiously avoid what should be a major feast day--and a good excuse for an outdoor celebration and a picnic! This, after cramming as many services as possible into Lent and especially Holy Week.
Jay, I am well aware that the Feast of the Ascension was last Thursday, and we held a service at our church on the day. I was away, though, and we decided that since it is a major feast we would read the readings again today and Ascension would be the sermon topic. A compromise, perhaps, but I don't think a cop out.
Jay Croft said…
Glad that your church had a service on Ascension Day!

But to be picky about it, May 20, 2012 was the "Seventh Sunday of Easter: The Sunday after Ascension Day." Ain't no such thing as Ascension Sunday in the BCP.

At the Church of the Holy Comforter, Montgomery AL we had a service on the Eve of the Ascension. The church usually has a Wednesday evening Eucharist, so we fit it in that way. I preached in American Sign Language and the interim rector was the celebrant in spoken English. Yes, we had a professional interpreter there.

I remember many, many years ago, when I subscribed to the Christian Century magazine, a writer said, "Ascension Day falls on Thursday this year." You can imagine what the letters-to-the-editor were like in the ensuing weeks. He went on to become a prominent Methodist bishop.

I still maintain that Ascension Day should be given a more prominent place in the life of a parish.
Of course you are right, Jay. The collect I posted is the collect for the Feast of the Ascension, and I have changed the title of the post accordingly. I didn't post the collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter this year, although I did last year.

Your service at Holy Comforter sounds lovely.