O Lord our God, you have granted us the belief that your Son, the Savior of the human race, is seated at your right hand in glory.
Grant us the grace to believe that he also remains with us until the end of time, as he has promised, that we may live in unity and peace. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
God of power and might, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, banish all sadness, fill us with the joy of your Spirit, and center our lives on your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
God of love, you dwell among us in our sorrow as in our joy.
Fill us with hope by the power of the Spirit so that we may serve you in love as we wait and work toward that promised day when your kingdom will be established in glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
What has been now said about the Ascension of our Lord comes to this: that we are in a world of mystery, with one bright light before us, sufficient for our proceeding forward through all difficulties. Take away this light, and we are utterly wretched - we know not where we are, how we are sustained, what will become of us, and of all that is dear to us, what we are to believe and why we are in being. But with it we have all and abound.
Not to mention the duty and wisdom of implicit faith in the love of him who made and redeemed us, what is nobler, what is more elevating and transporting, than the generosity of heart which risks everything on God's Word, dares the powers of evil to their worst efforts, and repels the illusions of sense and the artifices of reason, by confidence in the Truth of him who has ascended to the right hand of the Majesty on high?
What infinite mercy it is in him, that he allows sinners, such as we are, the privilege of acting the part of heroes rather than of penitents? Who are we that we should be able and have opportunity to offer so willingly after this sort? Blessed, surely thrice blessed, are they who have not seen, and yet have believed! We will not wish for sight; we will enjoy our privilege; we will triumph in the leave given us to go forward, not knowing whither we go, knowing that this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. It is enough that our Redeemer lives; that he has been on earth and will come again. On him we venture our all; we can bear thankfully to put ourselves into his hands, our interests present and eternal, and athe interests of all we love. Christ has died, yea rather is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from his love: Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us.
Blessed John Henry Newman Magnificat, Thursday 5th, Meditation
O God, you descended in the cloud to the Mount of Olives, as once you descended in the cloud upon Mount Sinai. On Sinai you gave the law of the covenant to Moses. On the Mount of Olives you took to yourself in glory the One who is the law of the new and eternal covenant.
Let us who are the members of his Body live in joyful expectation of his return, keeping faith with the covenant sealed in his blood, until that day when we can sing your praises face-to-face. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O God and Father, you brought life to the whole world by the power of your word spoken into the darkness of the primal chaos; you brought new life by the power of your Word made flesh, crucified and raised for our salvation.
Keep us firm in the faith which Saint Athanasius taught and for which he suffered, through the same Christ our Lord, Amen.