"We have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God"
News of the Order and commentary appear after the Proper Collect, Epistle and Gospel
Sunday After Ascension Day
Augustine on Psalm CVIII
O GOD, the King of glory, who hast exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph unto thy kingdom in heaven; We beseech thee, leave us not comfortless; but send to us thine Holy Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the same place whither our Saviour Christ is gone before, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
Source: Archbishop Cranmer [1549 AD]. The collect is based on the anthem that was sung on Ascension Day at Vespers "O King of Glory, Lord of Hosts, who today didst ascend in triumph far above all heavens, who did not leave us orpahns..." and John xiv "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you " [Barbee and Zahl]
Homiliy of Augustine on Psalm CVIII
Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth;
Ascensiontide began Thursday, and runs for 10 days until Pentecost. The theological clause of Cranmer's collect for this Sunday affirms God's work in taking his Son up into heaven, and petitions for the promised coming of the Holy Ghost, which we will celebrate next week.
Augustine looks at Psalm CVIII today. I thought the verse below our painting today was prophetic of Christ's Ascension.
Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens, and thy glory above all the earth
Augustine writes, "the Epistle to the Hebrews saith, "God spoke in former times to the fathers through the Prophets;" yet He spoke of Him whom He sent afterwards, that the words of the Prophets might be fulfilled: for "all the promises of God in Him are yea."