Prayer for Ascension Sunday

O God, whose blessed Son,
our great high priest,
has entered once for all into the Holy Place
and ever liveth to intercede on our behalf:
grant that we,
sanctified by the offering of his body
may draw near with full assurance of faith
by the way which he has dedicated for us
and evermore serve thee, the living God;
through the same thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee,
O Father, and the Holy Spirit,
one God, world without end. Amen.

(Anglican Collect for Ascension Day, Church of South India; photo taken in 2010 of the chapel atop the Mount of Olives, marking the spot from which Jesus ascended to heaven)

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