The Ascension of Our Lord
A Prayer of the Day for Ascension Day
before whom all heaven and earth shall bow down
to acknowledge your gracious rule,
send forth your Spirit upon us,
that with our eyes upon Christ Jesus, risen from the dead,
we may proclaim your praise to all the world
It’s been 40 days, a nice round Biblical number for the fullness of time: 40 days and nights of rain to wash the earth; 40 years in the wilderness to leave behind faithlessness and bring forth a new generation; 40 days of Elijah’s journey to Horeb; 40 days of fasting for Jesus.
All that needs to be done has been done. The risen Christ has opened their minds to understand the scriptures. He has shown himself in the breaking of the bread. He has commissioned them to be his witnesses to the nations. Now he lifts up his hands and blesses them.
But recognize that this is the pattern for every Sunday: the risen Christ comes among us, he opens our minds to the scriptures, he reveals himself in the breaking of the bread – and then, through the upraised arms of the pastor, he speaks his blessing and we go to be his witnesses.