A Sonnet by George K. Johnson (1920-2007)
This festival marks the most holy day
When Christ, his earthly duties fully done
And 40 days more teaching them The Way,
Blessed his apostles fully and was gone
To join our Father. But His last request
Was that they stay, awaiting God's own pledge
To baptize them with Holy Ghost in quest
Of witnessing for Christ to the world's edge.
Our Lord did more than issue this commission
To His apostles. As Christ rose above,
He signaled having filled the greater mission
Of earning our redemption in God's love.
Christ's dearest vow: "...prepare a place for you,"
That, where He is, we sinners may be, too.
THE COLLECT FOR ASCENSION DAY
GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ, to have ascended into the heavens;
so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell,
who liveth and reigneth with theee and the Holy Ghost, on God, world without end AMEN.