Vigil of The Ascension – Rogation Day
Introit • Ps. 48, 20
Declare the voice of joy, and let it be heard, alleluia: declare it even unto the ends of the earth; the Lord hath delivered His people, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 65, 1-2. Shout with joy to God all the earth: sing ye a psalm to His name, give glory to His praise. Glory be …
O God, from Whom all good things come, generously grant to us who beseech Thee that we may, by Thy inspiration, think those things which are right and, that we perform them under Thy guidance. Through the same.
Epistle • Eph. 4, 7-13
Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Peter the Apostle to the Ephesians.
[He exhorts them to unity, to put on the new man, and to fly sin.]
Brethren, to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the giving of Christ. Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive; he gave gifts to men. Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
And he gave some apostles, and some prophets, and other some evangelists, and other some pastors and doctors, For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Until we all meet into the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ.
Alleluia, alleluia. Christ is risen, and hath shone His light upon us whom He hath redeemed with His blood. Alleluia. Jon 16, 28. I went out from the Father and came into the world; again, I leave the world and go to the Father. Alleluia.
Gospel • John 17, 1-11
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John.
[Christ’s prayer for his disciples.]
At that time, Jesus lifting up his eyes to heaven, he said: Father, the hour is come, glorify thy Son, that thy Son may glorify thee. As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he may give eternal life to all whom thou hast given him. Now this is eternal life: That they may know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth; I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now glorify thou me, O Father, with thyself, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with thee.
I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou hast given me out of the world. Thine they were, and to me thou gavest them; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known, that all things which thou hast given me, are from thee: Because the words which thou gavest me, I have given to them; and they have received them, and have known in very deed that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them whom thou hast given me: because they are thine: And all my things are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee.
Offertory • Ps. 65, 8, 9, 26
O bless the Lord our God, ye gentiles, and make the voice of His praise to be heard: Who hath set my soul to live, and hath not suffered my feet to be moved: blessed be the Lord, Who hath not turned away my prayer, and His mercy from me, alleluia.
Receive, O Lord, the prayers of the faithful, with offerings of sacrifices, that through these offices of pious devotion we may pass to heavenly glory. Through our Lord.
Communion • Ps. 95, 2
Sing ye to the Lord, alleluia; sing ye to the Lord, and bless His name; show forth His salvation from day to day, alleluia, alleluia.
Grant, O Lord, unto us, who have been regaled with the virtue of the heavenly table, both to desire what is right and obtain what we desire. Through our Lord.