Opening Prayer for Ascension

Here’s a prayer of praise and adoration for Ascension Day or Ascension Sunday.  It was written by Hughes Oliphant Old, and posted in "Leading in Prayer: A Workbook for Ministers."

Opening Prayer for Ascension
(inspired by Acts 1:6-11, Hebrews 4:14-16)

Father, O God most high,
who dwells in the highest of heavens,
we praise you.

Father, O Lord most exalted,
beyond our thoughts and imaginations,
we praise you.

We celebrate the victory of your Son,
who has overcome death
and saved us from the power of sin.
We rejoice in his exaltation!

Our great high priest
has gone before,
has entered into the Holy of Holies,
and has opened up a way for us to follow.
In his name, we too would enter into your eternal presence,
for he is our priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.
To him be all praise,
together with you, O Father,
and the Holy Spirit,
one Lord, the same in every age.

Amen and Amen.

~ written by Hughes Oliphant Old, in Leading in Prayer: A Workbook for Ministers. © 1995, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)  Available on Amazon.