SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION Lectionary #58A

(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   PSL A-87/SS
God Goes Up with Shouts (Affley/Murray)  CBW 106
God Mounts His Throne (Alstott)   BB
God Mounts His Throne (Guimont)   GC2 926/WS 132/PRM A54/LPMG 58
God Mounts His Throne (Haugen)  GC 53/GC2 36/PCY1 51/RS 80
God Mounts His Throne (Hughes)  CCS 2029        
God Mounts His Throne (Hunstiger)   SS
God Mounts His Throne (Inwood)  JS 45/SP3 42/GP 208/MI‑BB
God Mounts His Throne (Kogut) PCY10 21
God Mounts His Throne (Kreutz/Gelineau)   LPGG 856
God Mounts His Throne (Proulx/Gelineau)  WOR 851/RS 79/LPGG 1075-12
God Mounts His Throne (Roberts)  LMGM 522
God Mounts His Throne (Schiavone)   JS 936/LP 80
God Mounts His Throne (Weckler) PMB 151/WC 403/WS
God Mounts the Throne (Willcock)  PFS 32

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)  WOR 469/GC 453/GC2 467/RS 606/SS
All Shall Be Well  GP 396
*Alleluia! Go and Teach All People (G)  CBW 515
*Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (1,2)  WOR 737/WC 703/CBW 426/GP 419/MI‑BB/LMGM 67/JS 477/GC 853/GC2 826/RS 914/PMB 352/WS/SS
Baptized in Living Waters, vss 4-5 (2,G)   PMB 386/WC 741/WS
Be Not Afraid (1)  GP 602/GC 608/GC2 596/CBW 481/MI‑BB/LMGM 123/WC 839/JS 706/RS 734/PMB 446/WS/SS
Christ=s Church Shall Glory (2) WOR 616/RS 717/SS
Come, Christians, Join to Sing (1)  GP 684/JS 608/WC 873/MI‑BB
Crown Him with Many Crowns (2)  WOR 496/CBW 437/MI‑BB/LMGM 68/WC 706/GP 420/JS 480/GC 485/GC2 489/RS 626/PMB 465/WS/SS
Dwelling Place (2)  GP 591/GC 594/GC2 582
Forth in the Peace of Christ (G)  WOR 627/CBW 514
*Go (G)  LMGM 66/GC 454/RS 604/WC 879/PMB 478/WS
*Go, Make of All Disciples (G)  WOR 628/WC 890/GC 687/GC2 666/RS 798/JS 828/PMB 479/WS/BB
*Go Out in the World (G)   WS
*Go Out to All the World (G)  GC 112/SS
*Go Out to the Whole World (G)   MI-BB
*Go to the World! (G)  CBW 508/RS 608/WC 884/WS/SS
God, We Praise You (G)   BB/RS 676/WOR 535/PMB 495/JS 594/WC 896/WS/SS
*Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise (1,G)  WOR 471/CBW 399/BB/WC 578/JS 451/GC 457/GC2 468/RS 605/GP 400/PMB 276/WS/SS
Hail Thee, Festival Day! (2)  CBW 388/BB/WC 565/JS 450/WOR 444/GC 450/RS 588
Halleluya! We Sing Your Praises (G)  GC 562/GC2 529/RS 692/PMB 482
Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (2)  WOR 524/CBW 555/WC 900/GP 681/BB/LMGM 193/JS 593/GC 524/GC2 519/RS 657/PMB 494/WS/SS
*I Will Be with You (1,G)  GC 455/RS 603
I Will Sing, I Will Sing (Ps)  GC 543/GC2 79
Jesus Shall Reign (2)  WOR 492/WC 702/RS 631/JS 479/PMB 362/WS/SS
*Let the Earth Rejoice and Sing (1,G)  WC 579/PMB 277
*Lift Up Your Hearts, Believers (1,G)   HG 69
Look, O Look, the Sight Is Glorious  WOR 468
*Lord, You Give the Great Commission (G)  WOR 470/MI‑BB/WC 742/JS 452/GC 456/GC2 466/CBW 691/RS 607/GP 401/PMB 382/WS/SS
Now Go Forward (G)  GC 691
O Christ, the Great Foundation (2) WOR 618/RS 781, 782/GC2 646/CBW 527/SS
*O Men of Galilee (E)   IH 28
One Is the Body (G)  GC 846
*Praise Him As He Mounts the Skies (1)  CBW 513
Ps 117: Go Out and Tell the Good News (G)  Various settings
Rejoice, the Lord Is King (1,Ps)  WOR 493/MI‑BB/LMGM 93/WC 720/JS 478/GC 487/GC2 493/RS 627/PMB 355/SS
*Sing We Triumphant Hymns of Praise (1,G)  CBW 391/JS 448/WC 580/PMB 275/WS/SS
Take Christ to the World (G)  GP 549/JS 836/MI‑BB
Tell It! Tell It Out with Gladness (G)   GC2 518/HG 92
The Church of Christ in Every Age (2)  WOR 626/WC 930/JS 843/RS 803/GC2 665/SS
The Church=s One Foundation (2) CBW 526/GC 661/JS 779/GP 573/PMB 385/WC 743/WS/MI-BB/SS
The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns (2)  WOR 464/RS 591
*Vayan al Mundo/Go Out to the World (G)   MI-BB
*Why Stare into the Sky? (E)   PSL A-86/SS

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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)
G
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)
CPDL
PS, G
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)
PS
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)
PS
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)
PS
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)
PS
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)
PS
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

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