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Father:

God ascends amid shouts of joy, Alleluia.

Family:

The Lord, amid trumpet blasts, Alleluia.

Father:

Let us pray.

O King of glory, Lord of hosts,
this day You ascended triumphantly above all
heavens.
Leave us not orphans,
but send upon us the Promise of the Father,
the Spirit of Truth.

Family:

Alleluia.

Father:

Only-begotten Son of God,
having conquered death,
Thou didst pass from earth to heaven!
As Son of Man seated in great glory on Thy throne
and praised by the whole angelic host,
grant that we who in the jubilant devotion of our
faith,
celebrate Thine Ascension to the Father,
may not be fettered by the chains of sin to
earthly loves.
And may the aim of our unceasing prayer
be directed toward the heavens whither,
after Thy Passion,
Thou didst ascend in glory.

Family:

Amen.

MEDITATIONS BEFORE PENTECOST

Opening Prayer:

Sign of the Cross.

Act of Contrition.

First Mystery

Jesus is conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary.

Meditation:

The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee
and the power of the Most High shall overshadow
thee.
Therefore the Holy One to be born shall be called
the Son of God [Lk. 11:35].

Prayers:

1 Our Father...
1 Hail Mary...
7 Glory Be...

Second Mystery

The Spirit of the Lord rests upon Jesus.

Meditation:

When Jesus was baptized,
He immediately came up from the water.
And behold, the heavens were opened to Him,
and He saw the Spirit of God descending as a Dove
and coming upon Him [Mt. 3:16].

1 Our Father...
1 Hail Mary...
7 Glory Be...

Third Mystery

Jesus is led by the Spirit into the desert.

Meditation:

Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit,
returned from the Jordan,
and was led by the Spirit about the desert for
forty days,
being tempted the while by the devil [Lk. 4:11].

Prayers:

1 Our Father...
1 Hail Mary...
7 Glory Be...

Fourth Mystery

The Holy Spirit in the Church.

Meditation:

Suddenly there came a sound from heaven,
as of a violent wind blowing,
and it filled the whole house where they were
sitting.
And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak of the wonderful works of God
[Acts 2:2, 4, 11].

Prayers:

1 Our Father...
1 Hail Mary...
7 Glory Be...

Fifth Mystery

The Holy Spirit in the souls of the Just.

Meditation:

Or, do you not know that your members
are the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you?
Do not extinguish the Spirit.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God
in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
[1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Thess. 5:19; Eph. 4:30].

Prayers:

1 I Believe In God...
1 Our Father...
1 Hail Mary...
7 Glory Be...

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