(In many U.S. dioceses, this solemnity is transferred to—and replaces—the Seventh Sunday of Easter.) “Exaltation” language, drawn especially from the “enthronement” psalms and from the legends of Moses and Elijah, may be the oldest language used by Christians to try to interpret the resurrection. Especially in Luke's two-volume work (the Gospel and Acts) this “exaltation” of the risen Christ is given physical form as the ascension.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Acts 1:1-11. How much does our faith depend on physical signs? Do we stand “looking at the sky,” or do we recognize that we have work to do until Christ returns?


Psalm of the Day: Ps (46) 47
One of the “enthronement” psalms, which many commentators believe were used during a special ritual in which YHWH was honored as the king of all creation and the royal savior of Israel.


Dios Asciende (Montgomery) FYC 208
God Goes Up with Shouts (Affley/Murray) CBW 106

God Mounts His Throne (Chepponis) SS 583

God Mounts His Throne (Guimont) GC2 926/WS 132

God Mounts His Throne (Haugen) GC 53/GC2 36/PCY1 51/RS 80

God Mounts His Throne (Inwood) GP 208/JS 45

God Mounts His Throne (Proulx/Gelineau) RS 79/WOR 85

God Mounts His Throne (Roberts) LMGM 522

God Mounts His Throne (Schiavone) JS 936

God Mounts His Throne (Weckler) PMB 151/WC 438/WS 350



Ephesians 1:17-23. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is at work in believers to help us recognize our hope, our heritage, and the power that is at work in us.


Matthew 28:16-20. Matthew’s account of the ascension includes the commission to baptize with the same Trinitarian formula that we still use.


Songs for the Liturgy

*A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing (1) GC 453/GC2 467/G3 545/RS 606/SS 770/WOR 469/WOR4 530

All Shall Be Well GP 396/GP3 309

*Alleluia! Go and Teach All People (G) CBW 515

*Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (1,2) BB-MI 727/CBW 426/FYC3 /GC 853/GC2 826/G3 949/GP 419/GP3 361/JS 477/JS3 458/LMGM 67/LMGM2 752/OFUV 518/OIF 630/PMB 352/RS 914/SS 989/WC 746/WS 610/WOR 737/WOR4 953

Baptized in Living Waters, vss 4-5 (2,G)OIF 662/ PMB 386/WC 787/WS 640

Be Not Afraid (1) BB-MI 43/ GC 608/GC2 596/G3 683/GP 602/GP3 600 /JS 579 /JS3 673 LMGM2 583/OFUV 647 /PMB 446/RS 734/SS 849/SPS 271/WC 877/WS 715/WOR4 680

Christ’s Church Shall Glory (2)  RS 717/WOR 616

Come, Christians, Join to Sing (1) BB-MI 547/GP 684/GP3 711/JS 608/JS3 571/OFUV 577/OIF 804/WC 905/WOR4 628

Crown Him with Many Crowns (2) BB-MI 728/CBW 437/FYC3 /GC 485/GC2 489/G3 574/GP 420/GP3 362 /JS3 461/LMGM 68/LMGM2 344/OFUV 511/OIF 626/PMB 465/RS 626/SPS /SS/WC 749/WS 619/WOR 496/WOR4 571

Dwelling Place (2) BB-MI 487/GP 591/GC 594/GC2 582/G3 678/JS3 664

Forth in the Peace of Christ (G) CBW 514/WOR 627

*Go (G) GC 454/LMGM 66/LMGM2 320/OIF 819/PMB 478/RS 604/WC 879/WS 751

*Go, Make of All Disciples (G) BB-MI 182/GC 687/GC2 666/G3 769/JS 828/JS3 430//LMGM2 646/OIF 810/PMB 479/RS 798 /WS 745/WOR 628/WOR4 792

Go Out, Go Out! SPS 212

*Go Out to All the World (G) GC 112/SS 584

*Go to the World! (G) CBW 508/G3 546/RS 608/WC 917/WS 741/SS/WOR4 532

Go Ye Out  SPS 215

God, We Praise You (G) BB 202/JS 594/JS3 567/OIF 838/PMB 495/RS 676/WC 934/WS 762/SS 817/WOR 535/WOR4 599

*Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise (1,G) BB-MI 181/CBW 399/FYC3 /GC 457 /GC2 468/G3 543/GP 400/GP3 337/JS 451/JS3 429 /OFUV 494/OIF 484/PMB 276/RS  605/SS 769/WC 620/WS 516/WOR4 529

Hail Thee, Festival Day! (2) CBW 388/GC 450/JS 450/JS3 /JS3 428/OIF 470/RS 588 /WC 605/WOR 444/WOR4 524

Halleluja! We Sing Your Praises (G) GC 562/GC2 529/LMGM2 452/OIF 818/PMB 482/RS 692

Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (2) BB-MI 190/CBW 555/GC 524/GC2 519/G3 615/GP 681/GP3 721//JS 593/JS3 566/LMGM2 465/OFUV 590/OIF 835 /PMB 494/RS 657/SS 816/WC 949 /WS 775 /WOR 524/WOR4 614

*I Will Be with You (1,G) GC 455/RS 603

I Will Sing, I Will Sing (Ps) GC 543/GC2 79/G3 96

Jesus Shall Reign (2) JS 479/JS3 460/OIF 633/PMB 362/RS 631/SS 793/WC 745/WS 625/WOR 702/WOR4 569

*Let the Earth Rejoice and Sing (1,G) PMB 277/WC 621

*Lord, You Give the Great Commission (G) BB-MI 380 /CBW 691/FYC3 /G3 544/GP 401/GP3 339/JS 742/JS3 431/OFUV 738/OIF 668/PMB 382RS 607/SS 772/WC 788/WS 641/WOR 470/WOR4 790

Now Go Forward (G) GC 691

O Christ, the Great Foundation (2) CBW 527/ GC2 646/RS 781, 782/SS 878

One Is the Body (G) GC 846/WOR 618

*Praise Him As He Mounts the Skies (1) CBW 513

Rejoice, the Lord Is King (1,Ps) BB-MI 719/ GC 487/GC2 493/LMGM 93/LMGM2 349/JS 478/JS3 459/OFUV 508/OIF 635/RS 627/PMB 355/SS 797/WC 762/WS 613/WOR 493/WOR4 564

*Sing We Triumphant Hymns of Praise (1,G) CBW 391/JS 448/JS3 426/WC 619/OIF 483/PMB 275/SS 773/WS 515

Take Christ to the World (G) GP 549/JS 836

The Church of Christ in Every Age (2) GC2 665/G3 765/JS 843/JS3 823/OIF 875/RS 803/SS 899/WC 965/WOR 626/WOR4 785
The Church’s One Foundation (2) BB-MI 418/CH 489/GC 661/G3 742/GP3 571/JS 779/JS3 746/OIF 671/OFUV 770/PMB 385/WC 789/WOR4 736/WS 638
The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (2) RS 591/WOR 464


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Achieved Is the Glorious Work from “Creation” (SATB, Organ) Haydn, Franz Josef Walton (W6001) 1
All People Clap Your Hands (SAATB, Organ) Weelkes, Thomas/Collins, Walter Oxford (A 193) PS
All You People, Clap Your Hands (Unison, Organ) Roff, Joseph GIA (G-1618) PS
Alleluia, Ascendit Deus (SSATB)
Alleluia, Ascendit Deus (SSATB, Organ/Keyboard, Latin/English)
Byrd, William
Byrd, William/Kingsbury, John
Stainer & Bell (416)
Tetra (Broude) (AB 844)
Antiphonal Praise (Antiphonal Unison Choir, Organ) Hopson, Hal Sacred Music Press (S-255) PS
Ascendit Deus (SAATB, Keyboard/Organ, Latin/English) Clement, Jacques/Deis, Carl G. Schirmer (7754) PS, G
Ascendit Deus (SATBB) Gallus, Jacobus Associated (A-83) PS, G
Ascendit Deus (SB, Keyboard) Ravanello, Oreste/French, Paul GIA (G-5685) PS, G
Ascendit Deus (SSATB, Keyboard/Organ)
Ascendit Deus (SSATB, Keyboard/Organ)
Philips, Peter
Philips, Peter
Oxford (43.452)
Ascendit Deus Witt, F. CPDL PS, G
Ascension from “Verses for the Easter Season” (SATB) Willan, Healey/Guenther Concordia (98-3057) C
Ascension, The (SATB, Organ) Moore, Philip Pavane (Intrada) (PVN 1006) PS, G
Christ Be with Me (SATB, Organ) Pulkingham, B. C. Paraclete Press (PPM 9329) C
Christ's Own Body (Unison, 2-part, 2 Octave Handbells, opt. Cong.) Tucker, Margaret Choristers Guild (CGA 801) G
Clap Hands, All People (SATB) Berger, Jean Shawnee (A-729) PS
Clap Your Hands (SATB, opt. percussion) Eddleman, David Carl Fischer (CM 8039) PS
Clap Your Hands (Unison, Keyboard) Wyton, Alec Gemini (Alexander Broude) (GP 101) PS
Clap Your Hands (Unison/2-part mixed, Keyboard, opt. Trumpet, opt. 32 Handbells) Boertje, Barbara Unity Music (10/1976U) PS
Clap Your Hands, All Ye Children (Unison, Keyboard) Hunnicut, Judy Augsburg (11-1632) PS
Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet (Unison, Organ/Keyboard) Nelson, Ron Augsburg (11-0649) PS
Go Therefore and Make Disciples (Unison, Keyboard) Bedford, Michael Concordia (98-3270) G, C
Go, Ye, into All the World (2 pt) Gumpeltzhaimer, Adam Concordia G, C
Go, Ye, into All the World (SATB, Keyboard) Butler, Eugene Carl Fischer (CM 7880) G
God Has Gone Up (SATB, Organ) Titcomb, Everett H. W. Gray (CMR 2192) E, 1
God Has Gone Up with a Shout (SSATBB, Tenor or Soprano Solo, Organ, Brass, Tympani, Percussion) Weidner, R Paraclete Press (PPM 0315) PS
God Has Gone Up with a Shout! Alleluia! (SATB, Organ) Hillert, Richard Concordia (98-2774) PS
God is Gone Up (SATB) Titcomb, Everett H. W. Gray (GCMR 2192) PS
God is Gone Up (SATB, Organ) Croft, William/Bryant, Giles Leeds Music (#6) PS
God Is Gone Up with a Merry Noise (SATB, Keyboard) Leavitt, John Concordia (98-3649) PS
God is Gone Up with a Merry Noise (SSAATB, Organ)
God is Gone Up with a Merry Noise (SSAATB, Organ)
Croft, William Novello (88 0034 00)
RSCM (in Festival Service Book, Vol. II)
God is Gone Up with a Merry Noise from “Shorter Anthems” (SATB) Hutchings, Arthur Novello (296) PS
God is Gone Up with a Shout (SATB, Organ) Willan, Healey Concordia (98-1543) PS
God Is Gone Up with a Shout (SATB, Organ, opt. Tpt., Hdbls) Hopson, Hal H. H.W. Gray (GCRM 03586) PS
God Is Gone Up with a Mighty Shout (choral introit w/bells) Hopson MSM PS
God Rules in Might and Splendor (SAB, Keyboard) Pergolesi, Giovanni, B./arr. Hopson, Hal H. Flammer (D-5405) PS
God, the Lord, Now Reigneth (SATB) Des Près, Josquin/ed. Van Camp, Leonard Concordia (98-3213) PS
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless (SATB, Organ) Joule, Anthony GIA (G-4492) C
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless (SATB, Organ) Titcomb, Everett Carl Fischer (CM 441) C
Jesus, My All, to Heaven Has Gone (Unison) Scott, K. Lee Augsburg (0800651081) 1
Lift Up Your Heads (SATB, Organ) Mathias, William Oxford in Anthems for Choirs I(OXF 353214) 1
Nations, Clap Your Hands (SATB, Keyboard) Grotenhuis, Dale Concordia (98-3621) PS
O Clap Your Hands (2-part, Organ) Powell, Robert J. GIA (G-2088) PS
O Clap Your Hands (SAB, Organ/Piano)
O Clap Your Hands (SA, Organ/Piano)
Couperin, François/Jewell, Kenneth W.
Couperin, François/Jewell, Kenneth W.
Concordia (98-1922)
Concordia (98-1921)
O Clap Your Hands (SATB) Schütz, Heinrich Concordia (97-4880) PS
O Clap Your Hands (SATB)
O Clap Your Hands (Unison, Keyboard)
Rohlig, Harald Augsburg (11-0607)
Concordia (97-5165)
O Clap Your Hands (SATB, Keyboard) Leavitt, John Concordia (98-3593) PS
O Clap Your Hands (SATB, Organ) Hopson, Hal Flammer (A-5594) PS
O Clap Your Hands (SATB, Organ) Mathias, William H. Oxford (3503441) also in “Anthems for Choirs, I (353214X) PS
O Clap Your Hands (SATB, Organ) Rutter, John Oxford (A 307) PS
O Clap Your Hands (SATB, Organ, opt. Brass)
O Clap Your Hands (SSATTBB, Organ, Brass, Percussion)
Vaughan Williams, Ralph Galaxy (222)
E. C. Schirmer (ECS I-5000)
O Clap Your Hands (SSAATTBB, Keyboard/Organ, English only) Gibbons, Orlando Oxford (TCM 40) also in “Oxford Book of Tudor Anthems” PS
O Clap Your Hands (SSATB, Organ/Keyboard) Greene, Maurice Concordia (98-2224) PS
O Clap Your Hands Together, All Ye People (SATB, Organ) Shaw, Martin Novello (29.0141.02) PS
O Lord, Most High, Eternal King (SATB, Organ) Benson, Robert A. Auagsburg (0800674200) PS
O Rex Gloriae Marenzio CPDL G
O, All Ye People, Clap Your Hands (SATB, Organ) Purcell, Henry/Lewis & Fortune Novello (PSR 11) PS
Omnes Gentes (SAT/SATB/ATTB/SATB, Keyboard/Organ, Latin) Gabrieli, Giovanni/Winter, Paul C. F. Peters (4813) PS
One Faith, One Hope, One Lord (SATB, Organ/Keyboard, opt. solo Trumpet or Brass Quintet) Courtney, Craig Sacred Music Press (S 462) 2
Psalm 47 (2-part, Keyboard, opt. Finger Cymbals & Triangle) Webb, Charles, H. Choristers Guild (CGA-207) PS
Psalm 47 (SAB, Organ, Cong.) Pelz, Walter Augsburg (11-9376) PS
Psalm 47 (SATB, Organ, Trumpet) Lindh, Jody Broadman (4563-02) PS
Psalm Concerto (Part III) (SATB, 2 Tpts, 2 Trombones, Str. Bass) Moe, Daniel (Augsburg (11-0649) PS
See God to Heaven Ascending (SATB) Riegal, Friedrich Samuel Augsburg (0800657772) in “Chantry Choirbook” 1
Sing Praise (SATB, Keyboard/Organ)
Sing Praise (SSAA, Keyboard/Organ)
Sing Praise (TTBB, Keyboard/Organ)
Sing Praise (SAB, Keyboard/Organ)
Glarum, L. Stanley Hall & McCreary (1656)
Hall & McCreary (2557)
Hall & McCreary (3510)
Hall & McCreary (8013)
Sing Praises (SATB, Keyboard/Organ) Pfautsch, Lloyd Lawson Gould (51367) PS
Viri Galilaei (AATBB) Byrd, William Oxford in Anthems for Men'sChorus, Vol. I E, 1
Viri Galilaei/Men of Galilee (SSATB, Latin/English) Sweelinck, Jan P./ed. Hines, Robert S. Augsburg (11-10283) E, 1
We Are the Church (Unison/2-part, Keyboard) Jothen, Michael Choristers Guild (CGA 731) 2
We Want to See Jesus Lifted High (SATB, Keyboard, Percussion) Horley, Doug Word (689314186) 1
You Men of Galilee (Unison, Handbells) Martens, Edmund Concordia (97-5384) E, 1