(1 June 2014, 17 May 2015)
O GOD the King of glory, who hast exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto your kingdom in heaven; We beseech you, leave us not comfortless; but send to us your Holy Spirit to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place to where our Savior Christ is gone before, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end..
2 Kings 2:9-15; Psalm 68:32-35; 1 Peter 4:7-11; John 15:26-16:4
This Sunday builds off of the celebration of Ascension Day, taking the event of Christ’s ascension and digging deeper into its application for Christians. The Psalm, as on Thursday, continues to celebrate the ascension of Christ as a triumphant declaration of his glory. The Gospel reading gives us the primary lesson: the ascension of Jesus means that the Holy Spirit can continue his work in each of us. The Old Testament has an example of this sort of succession with Elijah and Elisha, and the Epistle reading directly reminds us to live our lives in accord with the power of the Holy Spirit in us. In the spirit of this time in between Jesus’ ascension and the descent of the Spirit, the Collect turns Jesus’ promise into a prayer for the comfort and grace of the Spirit to descend upon us anew in our own lives.