Holiday: Ascension of our Lord

May you have a very blessed Ascension Holiday and have time to meditate on the watchword for this day. Our God, the risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples: And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (Joh 12:32 KJV)

The readings for this Holiday of Christ’s Ascension to heaven are:

  • Old Testament:       1 Kings 8:22-24.26-29
  • The Epistle:              Acts 1:3-4 (5-7) 8-11
  • The Gospel:              St. Luke 24 (44-49) 50-53
  • Psalm:                        47:2.6.8-9

The liturgical colour is white (Christ Holiday/Feast)

Here is today’s sermon preached during Matins in St.Timothy’s chapel at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane to read (Mk16,14-20 Matins 2016.5.5) and to listen to 

A collect for this Holiday of Ascension: 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. (LSB Altar Book Pg.899)

If you are called to preach this holiday, may the triune God give you joy and strength, wisdom, knowledge and insight – and the true words and pictures to preach his holy will faithfully according to his most precious revelation of his will and promises in both the Old and New Testament! However if you are not preaching, but listening – then listen as if God is talking to you + His precious gospel is “the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” (Rom 1:16 NIV)


About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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