Wednesday, April 4, 2018

TWELFTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: The Risen Lord Ascends into Heaven

TWELFTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: The Risen Lord Ascends into Heaven

We adore You, O Christ
and we praise You! 
Because by the Wood of the Cross and
the Light of the Resurrection, 
You have redeemed the world!

Reading:  "So then the Lord Jesus, after He spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took His seat at the right hand of God.  But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs" (Mark 16: 19-20).
Reflection:  The Scriptures do not portray the Ascension as a day of sadness.  While still looking up at the skies, the disciples were consoled by the continuing presence of the Lord. They return to the familiar surroundings of the Upper Room, with Mary, the mother of the Lord, to pray in anticipation of their mission.  In this "original novena," we continue to implore the Risen Lord to be the center of our lives and to keep us focused as a jubilant pilgrim people.

Prayer:  Eternal God, clothe us now with Your power. With the eyes of our hearts enlightened, may we come to understand the immeasurable greatness of Your power at work in us who believe. In that strength, may we boldly pronounce the Good News of our salvation to everyone. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
All:  Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Our humble thanks to God let's show
And fitting praise on Him bestow
For Paschal blessings here below. Alleluia.

NEXT:  THIRTEENTH STATION OF VIA LUCIS: Mary and the Disciples Keep Vigil in the Upper Room for the Spirit's Advent

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