The Lord ascended to heaven,
to send the Comforter into the world.
The heavens prepared His throne; the clouds, His royal mount!
The angels were amazed, seeing a Man exalted.
The Father awaits the Son Who is eternally in His bosom!
The Holy Spirit commands the angels:
“Lift up your heads, O gates!
Clap your hands, all nations,
For Christ has ascended to where He was before!”
Seeing Your Ascension, O Giver of Life,
the Apostles mourned and wept:
“Master, do not leave us, Your servants, as orphans,
whom You have loved in Your compassion,
but send down on us Your Holy Spirit as You promised,
Who will illumine our souls!”
(From the liturgy of the Feast)