Ascension Day Holy Communion

Hymn – Alleluia, Sing to Jesus

  1. Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!
    His the scepter, His the throne;
    Alleluia! His the triumph,
    His the victory alone!
    Hark! The songs of peaceful Zion
    Thunder like a mighty flood:
    “Jesus out of every nation
    Has redeemed us by His blood.”
  1. Alleluia! Not as orphans
    Are we left in sorrow now;
    Alleluia! He is near us;
    Faith believes, nor questions how.
    Though the cloud from sight received Him,
    When the forty days were o’er,
    Shall our hearts forget His promise?—
    “I am with you evermore.”


  1. Alleluia! Bread of angels,
    Here on earth our Food, our Stay;
    Alleluia! Here the humble
    Flee to You from day to day.
    Advocate and Intercessor,
    Earth’s Redeemer, hear our plea;
    You, the Lamb, alone we worship,
    You, the Lamb, alone we see.
  1. Alleluia! King eternal,
    Lord omnipotent we own;
    Alleluia! Born of Mary,
    Earth Your footstool, Heav’n Your throne.
    Robed in flesh, the veil You sundered,
    Limitless High Priest we laud—
    You have saved us from destruction,
    You have raised us up to God!
    ~(by W C Dix 1866) 

Welcome and Notices

The Greeting 

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:      And also with you 

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.

In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.

Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:     And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

(Please turn to those around you, offering your hand, and say ‘The peace of the Lord be with you’)

Prayer of Preparation 

All:      Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open, all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts ” by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord.


Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

All:      Amen. Lord, have mercy.

God so loved the world

that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,

firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments

and to live in love and peace with all.

All:      Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us,

forgive us all that is past

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light.

All: Amen.

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen.

Collect for Ascension Day 

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. 

Our First Reading is taken Acts Chap: 1 Vers: 1 to 11

1 Dear Theophilus: In my first book I wrote about all the things that Jesus did and taught from the time he began his work 

2 until the day he was taken up to heaven. Before he was taken up, he gave instructions by the power of the Holy Spirit to the men he had chosen as his apostles. 

3 For forty days after his death he appeared to them many times in ways that proved beyond doubt that he was alive. They saw him, and he talked with them about the Kingdom of God. 

4 And when they came together, he gave them this order: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift I told you about, the gift my Father promised. 

5 John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 

6 When the apostles met together with Jesus, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?” 

7 Jesus said to them, “The times and occasions are set by my Father’s own authority, and it is not for you to know when they will be. 

8 But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 

9 After saying this, he was taken up to heaven as they watched him, and a cloud hid him from their sight. 

10 They still had their eyes fixed on the sky as he went away, when two men dressed in white suddenly stood beside them 

11 and said, “Galileans, why are you standing there looking up at the sky? This Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven.”

This is the word of the Lord.

All:       Thanks be to God.

Hymn – Crown Him with many crowns

  1. Crown him with many crowns,
    the Lamb upon his throne.
    Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns
    all music but its own.
    Awake, my soul, and sing
    of him who died for thee,
    and hail him as thy matchless king
    through all eternity.
  1. Crown him the Lord of life,
    who triumphed o’er the grave,
    and rose victorious in the strife
    for those he came to save;
    his glories now we sing
    who died and rose on high,
    who died eternal life to bring,
    and lives that death may die.
  1. Crown him the Lord of love;
    behold his hands and side,
    rich wounds, yet visible above,
    in beauty glorified;
    no angels in the sky
    can fully bear that sight,
    but downward bends their burning eye
    at mysteries so bright.
  1. Crown Him the Lord of peace.

Whose power a sceptre sways

From pole to pole, that wars may cease.

And all be prayer and praise;

His reign shall know no end. And round His pierced feet

Fair flowers of Paradise shall blend

 Their fragrance ever sweet. 

  1. Crown him the Lord of years,
    the potentate of time,
    creator of the rolling spheres,
    ineffably sublime.
    All hail, Redeemer, hail!
    for thou hast died for me;
    thy praise shall never, never fail
    throughout eternity.       
                  (by Matthew Bridges, 1851)

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to – Mark Chap: 16

All:      Glory to you, O Lord.

14 Last of all, Jesus appeared to the eleven disciples as they were eating. He scolded them, because they did not have faith and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive.

 15 He said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people. 

16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. 

17 Believers will be given the power to perform miracles: they will drive out demons in my name; they will speak in strange tongues; 

18 if they pick up snakes or drink any poison, they will not be harmed; they will place their hands on sick people, and these will get well.” 

19 After the Lord Jesus had talked with them, he was taken up to heaven and sat at the right side of God.

20 The disciples went and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and proved that their preaching was true by the miracles that were performed.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All:      Praise to you, O Christ.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All:      Praise to you, O Christ.

Notes, Observation’s and Prayer for Ascension Day

Imagine how it would have been if we had been there on the day Jesus Ascended to his Father in Heaven.

How lost and frightened we would be, knowing that we would not see Him again, on this earth.

Wondering how we would cope with life, and the instructions that were given to us, to praise the Lord our Saviour and spread His word through-out  the world.

Let us also remember, that Jesus said, that he would send God’s Holy Spirit to help and guide us, in all our actions.

Although we no longer see him, He is with us through the actions of the Holy Spirit.

As we think over all that took place on Ascension Day, let us join in prayer:-

Lord Jesus, we remember

how you returned to your Father

on the first Ascension Day. 

Although we cannot see you with our eyes,

we know that you are still with us

as you promised always to be. 

We thank you for being our constant friend.

Help us to remember that you are near and that you will never fail us.

Help us to come to you

when we are frightened or disappointed,

and may we remember to tell you

about our joys as well as our troubles. 

O Lord Jesus Christ,

who after your resurrection from the dead

did gloriously ascend into heaven,

grant us the aid of your loving-kindness,

that according to your promise

you may ever dwell with us on earth,

and we with you in heaven,

where with the Father and the Holy Ghost,

you live and reign one God for ever and ever.


We say together 

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

All:     I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. 


Prayers of Intercession

During the intercession this response is used: Lord, in your mercy

All:      Hear our prayer.

Prayers for King Charles

Through this tritium of prayer we ask God’s continuing blessing on our new King Charles


O God, to whom every human power is subject,
grant to your servant our sovereign Charles
success in the exercise of his high office,
so that, always revering you and striving to please you,
he may constantly secure and preserve
for the people entrusted to his care
the freedom that comes from civil peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen

Prayer for the Royal Family

Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness,

we humbly beseech thee to bless

Queen Camilla, William Prince of Wales, the Princess of Wales, and all the

Royal Family:

Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly

grace; prosper them with all happiness;

and bring them to thine everlasting

kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,

you promised through your Son Jesus Christ

to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen Ruth our bishop and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Bless and guide Charles our King; give wisdom to all in authority; and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace; that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind,

or spirit……;

Give them courage and hope in their troubles; and bring them the joy of your salvation.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ……;

According to your promises, grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of St. Laurence, St. John and all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,

All:      Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Heavenly Father,

you have promised through your Son Jesus Christ, that when we meet in his name, : and pray according to his mind, he will be among us and hear our prayer: in your love and mercy fulfil our desires, and give us your greatest gift, which is to know you, the only true God, and your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:     Amen. 

Offertory Hymn is – Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

  1. Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour,
    first-begotten from the dead,
    Thou alone, our strong Defender,
    lifting up Thy people’s head.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!Jesus, true and living Bread!
  1. Prince of Life, for us Thou living,
    by Thy body souls are healed;
    Prince of Peace, Thy peace Thou giving,
    by Thy blood is pardon sealed.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Word of God in flesh revealed.
  1. Paschal Lamb! Thine offering finished
    once for all when Thou wast slain,
    in its fullness undiminished
    shall forevermore remain.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Cleansing souls from every stain.
  1. Great High Priest of our profession,
    through the oil Thou entered in;
    by Thy mighty intercession
    grace and mercy Thou dost win.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Only sacrifice for sin.
  1. Life-imparting heavenly Manna,
    stricken Rock, with streaming side,
    heaven and earth with loud hosanna
    worship Thee, the Lamb who died.
    Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
    Risen, ascended, glorified!
    (by George Hugh Bourn 1874)

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power;

the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;

for everything in heaven and on earth is yours.

All:     All things come from you,

And of your own do we give you.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.

All:      His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

All:      We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right,

it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things from the beginning, and formed us in your own image.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin, giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;

you raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit, and made us a people for your own possession.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

All:      Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command, grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these gifts of bread and wine may be to us his body and his blood; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: 

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross; we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

All:      Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty, renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise:

All:      Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever.


The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us 

All:      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.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.


Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

All:      Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world Grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith,

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink

in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts

by faith with thanksgiving. 

Prayer after Communion 

All:      Eternal God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:

grant us to walk in his way,

to rejoice in his truth,

and to share his risen life;

who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

in the power of your Spirit

to live and work

to your praise and glory.


The Blessing

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth,

give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,

and strengthen you to proclaim the word and works of God;

and the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All:      Amen.

Closing Hymn is- Rejoice the Lord is King

  1. Rejoice, the Lord is King!

Your Lord and King adore;
Mortals give thanks and sing,

and triumph evermore;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

  1. Jesus, the Saviour, reigns,

the God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains

He took His seat above;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

  1. His kingdom cannot fail,

He rules o’er earth and heaven,
The keys of death and hell

are to our Jesus given;
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

  1. He sits at God’s right hand

till all His foes submit,
And bow to His command,

and fall beneath His feet:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice;
Rejoice, again I say, rejoice!

  1. Rejoice in glorious hope!

Jesus the Judge shall come,
And take His servants up

to their eternal home.
We soon shall hear the archangel’s voice;
The trump of God shall sound, rejoice!
(by Charles Wesley 1707 to 1788) 

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All:      In the name of Christ.


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