Thursday midday May 25

Ascension Day

Friday midday
Wednesday midday


Opening response

Favor us, Lord, and deliver us.
Lord, come quickly and help us.

Make your servant’s life happy again
because, my Lord, I offer my life to you.

Psalm 86:4


Blessed are you,
Lord God of our ancestors.
    You are worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
    Blessed is your glorious
    and holy reputation,
    worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
Blessed are you in your glorious,
holy temple,
    worthy of hymns and honored
    above all others forever.
Blessed are you,
sitting on the winged creatures,
    looking down into the farthest depths,
        worthy of praise and raised high above all others forever.
Blessed are you on your royal throne,
    worthy of hymns and raised high
    above all others forever.
Blessed are you in the dome of the sky,
    worthy of hymns
    and honored forever.

Hymn of the Three Young Men (Prayer of Azariah 29-33 CEB)

The Word of God

Psalm 47

Sing praises to God! Sing praises!

Clap your hands, all you people!
    Shout joyfully to God with a joyous shout!
Because the Lord Most High is awesome,
    he is the great king of the whole world.
He subdues the nations under us,
    subdues all people beneath our feet.
He chooses our inheritance for us:
    the heights of Jacob, which he loves. 
God has gone up with a joyous shout—
    the Lord with the blast of the ram’s horn.
Sing praises to God! Sing praises!
    Sing praises to our king! Sing praises
    because God is king of the whole world!
    Sing praises with a song of instruction!
God is king over the nations.
    God sits on his holy throne.
The leaders of all people are gathered
    with the people of Abraham’s God
    because the earth’s guardians belong to God;
        God is exalted beyond all.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.

Sing praises to God! Sing praises!

Psalm prayer

Father, as Christ was raised by your glory, 
so may we be raised to new life
and rejoice to be called your children,
both now and forever.

Scripture reading
Hebrews 9:24

Christ didn’t enter the holy place (which is a copy of the true holy place) made by human hands, but into heaven itself, so that he now appears in God’s presence for us.

Silence may be kept.


Happy are people who grieve, 
because they will be made glad.

Matthew 5:4


Intercession and thanksgiving

Prayers may include these concerns:

God’s royal priesthood, that it may be empowered by the Spirit
Those who wait on God, that they may find renewal
All people, that they may acknowledge the kingdom
of the ascended Christ
The earth, for productivity and for fruitful harvests
All who are struggling with broken relationships

Other intercessions and supplications may be offered as the Holy Spirit leads.


O King enthroned on high,
Comforter and Spirit of truth,
you that are in all places and fill all things,
the treasury of blessings and the giver of life,
come and dwell with us,
cleanse us from every stain
and save our souls, O gracious one.

An Orthodox prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Savior taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever.


May the grace of the Holy Spirit enlighten our hearts and minds.
Alleluia. Amen.