Study, Pray, Serve: The Ascension of the Lord

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Study: What do the readings say?

Pray: What do the readings say to me?

Serve: What do the readings make me do or say…today?

Let’s take a look at some of the main themes we find in the Scripture readings for the Ascension of the Lord.

1st Reading – Acts 1:1-11

  • The introduction serves as a bridge between the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles (both written by the same author.)
  • The apostles will receive the power of the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Good News to “the ends of the earth.”

Psalm 47:2-3,6-7,8-9

  • The Church applies this psalm directly to the triumph of Jesus as he ascends to Heaven.
  • We rejoice over the victory of our God!

2nd Reading – Option 1 – Ephesians 1:17-23

  • A prayer for wisdom and understanding for all disciples.
  • Reviews the supremacy of Christ over all things.

2nd Reading – Option 2 – Ephesians 4:1-13

  • An invitation to live a life that is worthy of the call that we have received.
  • We have received gifts to be shared for the building up of the body of Christ.

Gospel – Mark 16:15-20

  • Christ commands his disciples to “go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”
  • The disciples will be filled with power and able to perform many different signs.
  • Christ ascends into Heaven; the disciples carry out his mission.

Mass Readings – The Ascension of the Lord


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Note: This post was first published on May 10, 2021.

About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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