She beheld, in her despairing,
what she could not then surmise
was her Master thus preparing
his appearance to her eyes,
till his voice, her name declaring,
made her turn and recognize.
When with rapture she was bending
to embrace her risen Lord,
'Touch me not; I am ascending
to my Father,' was His word,
'Greater blessings he is sending
than this moment can accord.'
Glory be to God and honor
to the Father and the Son,
and with them the Holy Spirit
ever Three and ever One,
who with joy fills all creation
while eternal ages run. Amen.
Music: Ad Perennis Vitae Fontem; source unknown.
We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory. - Romans 8:28-30
Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words into the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:4)
O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!
Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering.
Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
The Apostles are the foundation and we are built on them. Let us pray to the almighty Father for his holy people:
- Lord, remember your Church.
Father, Mary Magdelene brought news of your resurrection to the Apostles:
- may we be his witnesses, to the very ends of the earth. (R.)
Father, you sent your Son into the world to bring the Good News to the poor:
- may the Gospel be preached to every created thing. (R.)
Father, you sent your Son to sow the seed of the word:
- as we sow the Word with great labour, so may we reap its fruits with joy. (R.)
Father, you sent your Son to reconcile the world to you with his blood:
- grant that we may all work together for reconciliation. (R.)
Father, you have seated your Son at your right hand in heaven:
- receive the dead into your blessed kingdom. (R.)
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.