Sunday Devotions 

 

Please find below the order of service for Sunday Vespers (the official evening prayer of the Church) and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

 

Vespers and Benediction will be livestreamed on Facebook at 5pm on Sunday.

Vespers for the Ascension of the Lord

 

O God, come to our aid.

  O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

  and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

  is now, and ever shall be,

  world without end.

Amen. Alleluia.

 

 

Hymn

Hail thee, festival day!

Blessed day to be hallowed forever;

Day when our risen Lord

Rose in the heavens to reign.

 

Christ in his triumph ascends, 

who hath vanquished the devil's dominion; 

gay is the woodland with leaves, 

bright are the meadows with flowers.  R.

 

Christ overwhelms the domain 

of Hades and rises to heaven; 

fitly the light gives him praise-- 

meadows and ocean and sky. R.

 

Jesus, the health of the world, 

enlighten our minds, thou Redeemer, 

Son of the Father supreme, 

only-begotten of God!  R.

 

Equal art thou, co-eternal, 

in fellowship ay with the Father; 

in the beginning by thee 

all was created and made. R.

 

 

 

Psalm 109

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Alleluia.

 

The Lord’s revelation to my Master:

  ‘Sit on my right:

  your foes I will put beneath your feet.’

 

The Lord will wield from Sion

  your sceptre of power:

  rule in the midst of all your foes.

 

A prince from the day of your birth

  on the holy mountains;

  from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

 

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.

  ‘You are a priest for ever,

  a priest like Melchizedek of old.’

 

The Master standing at your right hand

  will shatter kings in the day of his wrath.

He shall drink from the stream by the wayside

  and therefore he shall lift up his head.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

  and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

  is now, and ever shall be,

  world without end.  Amen.

 

He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. Alleluia.

 

 

 

 

Psalm 46 (47)

 

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord ascends with trumpet blast. Alleluia.

 

All peoples, clap your hands,

  cry to God with shouts of joy!

For the Lord, the Most High, we must fear,

  great king over all the earth.

 

He subdues peoples under us

  and nations under our feet.

Our inheritance, our glory, is from him,

  given to Jacob out of love.

 

God goes up with shouts of joy;

  the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.

Sing praise for God, sing praise,

  sing praise to our king, sing praise.

 

God is king of all the earth,

  sing praise with all your skill.

God is king over the nations;

  God reigns on his holy throne.

 

The princes of the peoples are assembled

  with the people of Abraham’s God.

The rulers of the earth belong to God,

  to God who reigns over all.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

  and to the Holy Spirit,

 

as it was in the beginning,

  is now, and ever shall be,

  world without end. Amen.

 

God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord ascends with trumpet blast. Alleluia.

 

 

Canticle - Apocalypse 19

 

Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and in him God has been glorified, alleluia.

 

Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, Alleluia.

  his judgements are true and just.  Alleluia, alleluia.

Praise our God, all you his servants, Alleluia.

  you who fear him, small and great.  Alleluia, alleluia.

 

The Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns, Alleluia.

  let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory.  Alleluia, alleluia.

 

The marriage of the Lamb has come, Alleluia.

  and his bride has made herself ready.  Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, Alleluia.

  and to the Holy Spirit,  Alleluia, alleluia.

 

as it was in the beginning, Alleluia.

  is now, and ever shall be,

  world without end. Amen.  Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and in him God has been glorified, alleluia.

 

 

Short Reading

1 Peter 3:18,21-22

Christ himself, innocent though he was, had died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life. And now you are saved, not by the washing off of physical dirt but by a pledge made to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God’s right hand, now that he has made the angels and Dominations and Powers his subjects.

 

 

Short Responsory

 

I am ascending to my Father and your Father, alleluia, alleluia.

I am ascending to my Father and your Father, alleluia, alleluia.

I go to my God and your God.

I am ascending to my Father and your Father, alleluia, alleluia.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

I am ascending to my Father and your Father, alleluia, alleluia. 

 

 

The Magnificat

 

King of Glory, Lord Almighty, today you have ascended victoriously above the heavens. Do not leave us as orphans without a guide, but send us the one whom you promised, the gift of the Father, the Spirit of Truth. Alleluia.

 

My soul glorifies the Lord,

  my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness;

  henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

 

The Almighty works marvels for me.

  Holy his name!

His mercy is from age to age,

  on those who fear him.

 

He puts forth his arm in strength

  and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones

  and raises the lowly.

 

He fills the starving with good things,

  sends the rich away empty.

 

He protects Israel, his servant,

  remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers,

  to Abraham and his sons for ever.

 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

  and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning,

  is now, and ever shall be,

  world without end.

Amen.

 

King of Glory, Lord Almighty, today you have ascended victoriously above the heavens. Do not leave us as orphans without a guide, but send us the one whom you promised, the gift of the Father, the Spirit of Truth. Alleluia.

 

 

Prayers & Intercessions

 

Rejoicing, let us pray to Christ who is seated at the right hand of the Father.

– You, Christ, are the king of glory.

 

King of glory, in you our mortal flesh has been lifted to the heights:

  deliver us from the corruption of sin and restore us to immortal life.

– You, Christ, are the king of glory.

 

Following the path of love, you came down to us from heaven:

  let us follow that same path in our ascent to you.

– You, Christ, are the king of glory.

 

You promised to draw all men to yourself:

  do not let any of us be separated from your body.

– You, Christ, are the king of glory.

 

You have ascended into heaven:

  let us be there with you in our minds and hearts.

– You, Christ, are the king of glory.

 

We await your coming in majesty on the great day of judgement:

  may we then gaze upon your glory, with all the faithful departed.

– You, Christ, are the king of glory.

 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

  hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

  and forgive us our trespasses,

  as we forgive those who trespass against us,

and lead us not into temptation,

  but deliver us from evil.

 

Almighty God,

  fill us with a holy joy;

  teach us how to thank you with reverence and love

  on account of the ascension of Christ your Son.

You have raised us up with him:

  where he, the head, has preceded us in glory,

  there we, the body, are called in hope.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

  who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

  one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

BENEDICTION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

Tantum ergo Sacramentum

Veneremur cernui:

Et antiquum documentum

Novo cedat ritui:

Praestet fides supplementum

Sensuum defectui.

 

Genitori, Genitoque

Laus et iubilatio,

Salus, honor, virtus quoque

Sit et benedictio:

Procedenti ab utroque

Compar sit laudatio.

Amen.

 

V. Panem de caelo praestitisti eis, alleluia.

R. Omne delectamentum in se habentem, alleluia.

 

 

THE DIVINE PRAISES

Blessed be God. 

Blessed be His Holy Name. 

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. 

Blessed be the Name of Jesus.

Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.

Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.

Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.

Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.

Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.

Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.

Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.

 

 

MARIAN ANTHEM

 

Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia. 

Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia. 

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia. 

Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

 

 

CLOSING HYMN

Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

 

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Their lady they name thee,
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue.

O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.