Ascension Day

Hosted by: St Michael's Church and Choir

Thursday 30th May, 40 days after Easter, we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven.

At 7.30am, we have Ascension Day Matins. Plainsong Matins is sung from the West Gallery ending with Hymn 130 “Hail the Day that sees him rise!”. This is followed by Breakfast.

At 6pm Plainsong Vespers is sung, and Choir Practice follows promptly at 6.30pm.

At 7.30pm there is a Sung Mass for the Feast Day, followed by celebratory drinks. This is a joint Parish service. As ever, all welcome.

Music this year – Hymns 130(i): 332: 134. Missa Brevissima, Casciolini. Motet: God is gone up, Hutchings. Celebrant & preacher is Ven David Gunn-Johnson.


Music for 2018 – Hymns 130(i), 132, 134. Mass in C & F, by C V Stanford. Motet – Ascendens Christus by Jacob Handl.

Music for 2017 – Little Organ Mass by Haydn. O Clap your hands together all ye people, by Gibbons.

Music for 2016 – Spatzenmesse (Sparrow Mass) by W A Mozart and Motet “Ascendit Deus” by Peter Philips.

Music for 2015 – Mass in C&F and Coelos ascendit hodie, both by Stanford. The words of the exciting double choir anthem are from a 12th century hymn:-

Coelos ascendit hodie Jesus Christus Rex Gloriae: Sedet ad Patris dexteram, Gubernat coelum et terram.
Iam finem habent omnia Patris Davidis carmina. Iam Dominus cum Domino Sedet in Dei solio:
In hoc triumpho maximo Benedicamus Domino. Laudetur Sancta Trinitas, Deo dicamus gratias, Alleluia. Amen.

Today into the heavens has ascended Jesus Christ, the King of Glory: He sits at the Father’s right hand and rules heaven and earth,
Now have been fulfilled all of Father David’s songs, Now our Lord is with the Lord, He sits upon the royal throne of God,
in this his greatest triumph, Let us bless the Lord: Let the Holy Trinity be praised, let us give thanks to the Lord, Alleluia! Amen.

INTROIT. Viri Galilaei. Acts I. YE MEN of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? Alleluia : in like manner as ye have seen him going up into heaven, so shall he come again. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 47. O clap your hands together, all ye people : O sing unto God with the voice of melody. V. Glory be.

COLLECT. GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God : that like as we do believe thy only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens ; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell. Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Dinham Road, Mount Dinham, Exeter, EX4 4EB