12 May 2024

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Cycle B Click here for all content for this cycle Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Cycle B


Acts of the Apostles 1:1-11  For 40 more days the disciples enjoy the revelation and instruction of the Risen Lord.

Psalm 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  God receives royal acclaim in heaven and on Earth: blaring trumpets and clapping hands.

Ephesians 1:17-23 or 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13  Christ returns to heaven in the glory of victory, distributing gifts to his church.

Mark 16:15-20  Jesus departs for the heavens while the disciples are dispatched to the ends of the Earth.

For a link to SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, CYCLE B materials, click here.

More resources for the month available in Seasonal notes.

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Homilist’s overview of May

Liturgical themes and feasts

The month of May has two secular dedications, both important at this time. Since 1949, May has been designated to highlight Mental Health Awareness. As one in five U.S. adults experience mental illness annually and less than half receive treatment, it's worth raising consciousness in the parish.

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The inner word

What’s in your heart?

At the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles Jesus did not ascend immediately; he spent a highly symbolic 40 days—reminiscent of his 40 days in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry—speaking to the apostles “about the kingdom of God.”

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Featured Exploring the word

On the road again

The narratives about Jesus by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John fit nicely into a classic American genre: the road story.

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Homily stories

One singular sensation

“And again. . . . Five, six, seven, eight!” the director yelled.

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Homily stories

Up, up, and away

One of the very first homilies that I was supposed to preach as a newly ordained priest was the Solemnity of the Ascension. I was to preach at the children’s liturgy.

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Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

To the one who fills all things in every way we turn to acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

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My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.

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Browse the library

Browse our library for additional Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, Cycle B material.

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Take Five weekly

12 May 2024

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