The Ascension of Our Lord

الْمَجْدُ للهِ! Praise be to God always!ܬܶܫܒܽܘܚܬܳܐ ܠܰܐܠܳܗܳܐ!

Entrance Hymn

Let the Mount of Olives Ring

Syriac: msheeho natareh l’eedtokh

or msheeho natareh l’eedtokh (Abdallah)

Let the Mount of Olives ring with resounding hymns of praise!
The apostles sang with joy when they saw the Lord ascend
on clouds of resplendent light with majesty
into heaven’s heights.
Choirs of faithful, worship him; sing to the triumphant One,
who saved all the world, crushing death in victory.
Our Lord Jesus Christ ascends in majesty.
Sing to him and praise his name.
Far beyond the universe, you ascended to the heights,
and you promised us a place in the kingdom up above.
You said: “I am leaving, but I shall return.
So abide in me."
Send to us your Spirit, Lord; may he strengthen us in faith,
renew us in love and in hope that never fails.
To that place prepared for us, with all the saints,
lift us up in your true light.

Opening Prayers

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Jesus Christ our Lord, make us worthy to celebrate the feast of your Ascension. We raise our pure hands to you in prayer, our chaste souls to you filled with grace, and our sincere hearts to you with love. We yearn for that place to which you ascended, so that with the hosts of angels we may glorify and thank you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever.

Prayer of Forgiveness (Husoyo)


Let us raise glory, honor, and praise to the One, who came into the world from the Father. He was hung on the cross, buried in the tomb, and raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. To the Good One be glory and honor, on this feast and all the days of our lives, and forever. Amen.


O Christ, by your ascension you ended your stay on earth, completed your plan of salvation and returned to the Father to prepare a place for us, so that we may be where you are. You taught us the way to the place where you were going and told us to follow you.
When Thomas asked you: “We do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?" You answered: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Now, O Christ our Savior, we ask you, with the fragrance of this incense, to walk with us on the way that leads to the Father. Turn our eyes toward him, strengthen our desire to be with him, and guide our steps that we may reach the Father through you and with you. We praise you, your Father, and your Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Hymn (Qolo)

On the Mount of Olives

Syriac: fsheeto

On the Mount of Olives Christ blessed his apostles.
“To my Father and to yours, I am ascending,"
he said to them,
“and the Holy Spirit I shall send
to remain with you."
As a cloud of light came down to lift the Savior,
his disciples then proclaimed: “To you be glory!"
Alleluia! Our prayers, Lord, receive.
With the sound of trumpet blasts the angels praised him.
As the Son ascended up into the heavens,
they all rejoiced.
Gabriel, the messenger, announced
Christ’s descent in flesh.
Then he witnessed to his great ascent in glory.
With the angels he cried out and sang God’s praises.
Alleluia! Our prayers, Lord, receive.
A new priesthood was bestowed at Christ's ascension.
Laying hands upon the heads of his apostles,
he said to them:
“Go and make disciples of the world;
baptize them in faith:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one and true God.
I ascend now to the right of God my Father."
Alleluia! Our prayers, Lord, receive.


Jesus Christ our Lord, accept the fragrance of this incense that we have offered to you on the feast of your Ascension into heaven. Grant that we may prepare ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit, whom you promised to send to us. May we take the places that you have prepared for us in the presence of the Father and meet you in the heavenly kingdom. We praise you, your Father, and your living Holy Spirit, forever. Amen.

Qadishat Aloho (Trisagion)

ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܐܰܠܳܗܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܚܰܝܶܠܬܳܢܳܐ. ܩܰܕܺܝܫܰܬ ܠܳܐ ܡܳܝܽܘܬܳܐ.
ܡܫܺܚܳܐ ܕܩܳܡ ܡܶܢ ܒܶܝܬ ܡܺܝ̈ܬܶܐ. ܐܶܬܪܰܚܰܡ ܥܠܰܝܢ.
Qadishat Aloho. Qadishat Hayeltono. Qadishat lo moyuto.
MsheeHo deqom men beyt mite, etraHam 3alayn.
You are holy, O God. You are holy, O Strong One. You are holy, O Imortal One.
O Christ, risen from the dead, have mercy on us.
قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا الله، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا قَوِي، قُدُوسٌ أَنْتَ يا مَنْ لا يَموتْ
يا مَسِيح الَذِي قَامَ مِنْ بَيْنَ الأَمْوَات، إِرْحَمْنا

Holy and immortal Lord, sanctify our minds and purify our consciences, that we may praise you with purity and listen to your Holy Scriptures. To you be glory forever. Amen.

Psalm of the Readings

Syriac: ramremain

Open wide, gates of heaven,
and rejoice, O ancient doors,
for the King will now enter.
King of glory, Lord of hosts!
Who is this King of glory?
And who is this Lord of hosts?
He is God, strong and mighty.
King of glory, Lord of hosts.
Lord our God, you accepted
what the just had offered you;
now accept, in your mercy,
our pure sacrifice and prayers.


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Your blessing, Father.

Glory to the Lord of Paul and the apostles! May the mercy of God descend upon the reader and the listeners and upon this parish and her children forever. Amen.

Brothers and Sisters:
In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This," he said, “is what you have heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?" He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven." Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.
(Acts 1:1-14)

Praise be to God always!


Alleluia! Alleluia!
“God goes up with shouts of joy. The Lord goes up with trumpet blast."
(Psalm 47:6)

Before the proclamation of the Gospel of our Savior, announcing life for our souls, we offer this incense and ask for your mercy, O Lord.

Peace be with you.

And with your spirit.

From the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark, who proclaimed life to the world.
Let us listen to the proclalation of life and salvation for our souls.

Remain silent, O listeners, for the Holy Gospel is about to be proclaimed to you.
Listen and give glory and thanks to the Word of the living God.

Jesus said to them,
“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover." So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.
(Mark 16:15-20)

This is the truth! Peace be with you!

Praise and blessings to Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, for giving us his words of life.