Sunday, 16 May 2021


Originally published on the real Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, last Thursday but republished today because there is still...




Our Lord ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us. is apostles were sent to teach all nations what He had commanded them. We must now cleanse our hearts from sin, which cannot enter heaven, and store up good deeds, performed in the state of grace. These will speak for us when we appear before God. 

INTROIT Acts 1:11

Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up to heaven? Alleluia! He shall come in the same way as you have seen him going up to heaven, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Ps. 46:2. O, clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with the voice of exultation.

V. Glory be . . . 


O Almighty God, we firmly believe that Your only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, ascended this day into heaven. May our minds dwell always on this heavenly home. Through Our Lord . . . 

LESSON Acts 1:1-11

In the former treatise I made, O Theophilus, of all things which Jesus began to do and to teach, Until the day on which, giving commandments by the Holy Ghost to the apostles whom he had chosen, he was taken up. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many proofs, for forty days appearing to them, and speaking of the kingdom of God. And eating together with them, he commanded them, that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the promise of the Father, "which you have heard"(saith he) "by my mouth. For John indeed baptized with water: but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence."

They therefore who were come together, asked him, saying: "Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom of Israel?" But he said to them: "It is not for you to know the time or moments, which the Father hath put in his own power: But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the uttermost part of the earth."

And when he had said these things, while they looked on, he was raised up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they were beholding him going up to heaven, behold two men stood by them in white garments. Who also said: "Ye men of Galilee, why stand you looking up to heaven? This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come as you have seen him going into heaven." 

Alleluia, alleluia! V. Ps. 46:6

God ascends His throne amid shouts of joy, the Lord is taken up with the sound of trumpets. Alleluia!

V. Ps. 67:18-19. The Lord is in Sinai, in the holy place; ascending on high, He has led captivity captive. Alleluia! 

GOSPEL Mark 16:14-20

At that time, Jesus appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: "Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall he condemned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents: and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hand upon the sick: and they shall recover."

And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God. But they going forth preached every where: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed. 

After the Gospel, the Paschal Candle is extinguished


God ascends His throne amid shouts of joy, the Lord is taken up with the sound of trumpets, alleluia! 


Accept, O Lord, the gifts we offer to celebrate the glorious ascension of Your Son. May Your mercy free us from our present dangers and lead us to eternal life. Through Our Lord . . . 


Sing to the Lord, who ascends above the heaven of heavens to the East, alleluia! 


Almighty and merciful God, grant that this Sacrament, which we have received in this visible sacred Rite, may bring us Your invisible help. Through Our Lord . . .


M. Prodigal said...

Well, in the U.S. the "pandemic" seems to be over.

geoff kiernan said...

Off topic BUT...

Have just read the report from Vox Popoli (something about Caesar crossing the Rubicon)
Vox Cantoris seemingly endorse VPop by listing them, and by extension the views expressed by their comment(ers) on your Blog List.

I cannot reconcile their views about Trump and his efforts against the Democrats, the Leftists, and the Deep State, with your own. Can someone explain to this Hill Billy from across the Pacific pond?
I've tried to contact VPop with no success.
I am an avid reader of your blog site and a casual observer of the USA Politics for some years now.

Vox Cantoris said...

Geoff, I don’t endorse everything written by others. There are Catholic blogs listed whose posts I don’t always agree. In fact, I’ve recently stopped snippets for prudential reasons.

geoff kiernan said...

Still off-topic!!! But...

I don't wish to labor the point but it is a little naive to think that listing a blog site on your site does not in any way provide/offer even the slightest endorsement of the contents of that 'blog site'
Would you list the 'Catholics for choice' blog site for example. If not why not? And what of an Alphabet Mafia site, would you list them?
V/Popoli is no longer an issue here
The broader issue, of seemingly endorsing a questionable set of views, is the point.
Anyway, just my opinion. best wishes and keep up your, otherwise, good work.

Peter Lamb said...

Novus Ordo reaches new heights. Unbelievabul !!!

Vox Cantoris said...


Posting tomorrow.