Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ascension Thursday?

Even though it's Sunday, today might be Ascension Thursday. Here in the Archdiocese of Hollywood, it most assuredly is. Mostly. Except at the indult Mass. And in the local Byzantine churches, which, of course, aren't actually in this Archdiocese even though they're in this archdiocese. As it were.

Your Diocese May Vary.

"See, The Conqueror Mounts in Triumph" used to be sung in Ascensiontide; I wonder if anyone sings it any more? The hymnal specifies In Babilone as the tune but we always used to use Hyfordol.

See, the Conqueror mounts in triumph;
See the King in royal state,
Riding on the clouds, his chariot,
To his heavenly palace gate!
Hark! the choirs of angel voices
Joyful alleluias sing,
And the portals high are lifted
To receive their heavenly King.

He Who on the cross did suffer,
He Who from the grave arose,
He has vanquished sin and Satan;
He by death has spoiled His foes.
While He lifts His hands in blessing,
He is parted from His friends;
While their eager eyes behold Him,
He upon the clouds ascends.

Thou hast raised our human nature
On the clouds to God's right hand:
There we sit in heavenly places,
There with Thee in glory stand.
Jesus reigns, adored by angels;
Man with God is on the throne;
Mighty Lord, in Thine ascension,
We by faith behold our own!