Ascension Devotions

INVOCATION
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

INTROIT
God has gone up | with a shout,*
the LORD with the sound of a | trumpet.

The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my | right hand,*
until I make your enemies your | footstool.”

The LORD has sworn and will not | change his mind,*
“You are a priest forever after the order of Mel- | chizedek.”

The Lord is at your | right hand;*
he will shatter kings on the day | of his wrath.

Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.

God has gone up | with a shout,*
the LORD with the sound of a | trumpet.

COLLECT
Almighty God, as Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, ascended into the heavens, so may we also ascend in heart and mind and continually dwell there with Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

DAY OF ASCENSION READINGS
Psalm 47:1-9; Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53

DAILY READINGS

The Apostle’s Creed may be confessed

MEDITATION AND STUDY OF GOD’S WORD

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed by 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 and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

PRAYERS FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS

  • Thursday: For the Church and her pastors; for teachers, deaconesses, and other church workers; for missionaries and for all who serve the Church; for LCMS President Rev. Matthew Harrison; for LCMS FL-GA District President Rev. Greg Walton; for proper and fruitful use of the Sacrament of Christ’s body and blood.
  • Friday: For the preaching of the cross of Jesus; for the spread of His knowledge throughout the world; for the persecuted Church and the oppressed; for the sick and dying.
  • Saturday: For faithfulness to the end of life; for the renewal of those struggling in faith or have fallen away; for receptive hearts and minds to God’s Word on the Lord’s Day; for pastors, musicians and all those who prepare to administer and receive Christ’s Word and Sacraments.

LUTHER’S MORNING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

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LUTHER’S EVENING PRAYER

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

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