Ascension, from a Spanish Antiphonary (choral parts of the Divine Office), ca 1490
First Response: V. God is ascended with jubilation. Alleluia. R. And the Lord with the sound of trumpets. Alleluia.
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Gladden us with holy joys, almighty God,
and make us rejoice with devout thanksgiving,
for the Ascension of Christ your Son
is our exaltation,
and, where the Head has gone before in glory,
the Body is called to follow in hope.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.
— Collect for the Ascension
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