Why are you standing here looking into the sky? Jesus has been taken into heaven.
Psalm 46(47):2–3, 6–9
R. God mounts his throne to shouts of joy; a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
God made him sit at his right hand in heaven.
Matthew 28:19, 20
Go and teach all people my gospel. I am with you always, until the end of the world.
He withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven.
Images from the Word
- Whole world
- His place
- Taken up to heaven
- Unity of the Spirit
In Australia standing is the most common posture for receiving Holy Communion. The customary manner of reception is recommended to be followed by all, so that Communion may truly be a sign of unity among those who share in the same table of the Lord. When approaching to receive Holy Communion, the faithful bow in reverence of the Mystery that they are to receive.—General Instruction of the Roman Missal, §160
As we unite in the procession to receive the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood in Communion, we express our unity by forming one procession to the altar to receive these gifts. Our bodily posture expresses our reverence towards this gift. Our ‘Amen’ to the acclamations of the Communion minister—‘The body of Christ, the Blood of Christ’—is our opportunity to affirm our faith and our commitment to mission. Our Christ entrusts himself to us so that we may be his ambassadors and so that his mission may reach the ends of the world.