Catholic Ascension Opening Prayer

As we celebrate the feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus let it inspire in us feelings of joy and hope. Lord in your mercy

For the pope, bishops and clergy, that through their witness to the Risen Lord they may continue to preach His gospel of love and peace in confidence and faith. 
For those in need, the suffering and oppressed, that through the Ascension of Our Lord they may be inspired to trust in God’s promise of eternal happiness.
For those who have died, may they be granted the fullness of life and joy in Heaven.


The Ascension feast commemorates Jesus' ascension into heaven 40 days after his resurrection. Thus Ascension Day falls 40 days after Easter, on the 6th Thursday of Easter.

The Prayer

God our Father,
make us joyful
in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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