Let us pray… (AscensionB-18)

When the priest says, “Let us pray” does that mean we weren’t praying before? What kind of confusing prayer does he say after that?

Let us pray… (AscensionB-18)

Some parts of the Mass are more well known then others. The Collect, Preface, and Prayer after Communion are some of the least understood but most impactful of the changing liturgical prayers throughout the year. We walk with the Church through her prayers to remind us to be glad, rejoice, to know of our exaltation in Jesus, the Heads, Ascension, and that we might have confidence and hope in following Jesus to heaven with our humanity, body and soul, as well. Below are the text of the prayers. 5/13/18

Collect: Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God,
and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving,
for the Ascension of Christ your Son
is our exaltation,
and, where the Head has gone before in glory,
the Body is called to follow in hope.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Preface: he ascended, not to distance himself from our lowly state but that we, his members, might be con dent of following where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before.

Prayer over the Offerings: We offer sacrifice now in supplication, O Lord, to honor the wondrous Ascension of your Son: grant, we pray,
that through this most holy exchange we, too, may rise up to the heavenly realms. Through Christ our Lord.

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