All are welcome to join us- via our website- for a service of words and music at 17:30 on Ascension Day, 21 May 2020, which marks the ascension of Jesus into heaven after his resurrection from the dead and since the late fourth century has been celebrated forty days after Easter. In the biblical account in the book of Acts, Jesus commissions his disciples to continue his work and promises the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This service is a service of the word, with readings set for the day, an address, prayers and musical items from recordings of the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral. The spoken parts of the service have been pre-recorded by members of the clergy. The service is led by the Treasurer, Canon Robert Titley, with an address from Canon Jonathan Triffitt, Interim Director of Mission, Ministry & Communication and Deputy Diocesan Secretary.
Ascension Day (Thursday 21 May, 17:30)
Welcome and Introduction: Canon Robert Titley
Reading: Acts 1:1-11- The Revd Maggie Guillebaud
Gloria: David Halls, Missa Festiva- Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Collect: Canon Robert Titley
Reading: Ephesians 1:15-end- Nick Parker
Psalm 93: Esther Lycett
Reading: Luke 24:44-end- The Dean
Address: Canon Jonathan Triffitt, Interim Director of Mission, Ministry & Communication and Deputy Diocesan Secretary
Anthem: Gibbons, “O clap your hands”- Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Creed: Canon Robert Titley
Prayers: Led by Caro Waldman
Lord’s Prayer: Canon Robert Titley
Hymn: “Christ triumphant”- Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Blessing: Canon Robert Titley
Voluntary: J S Bach, Toccata in F (Grand Organ of Salisbury Cathedral CD/DVD)
-“Missa Festiva: Gloria”, music: David Halls (born 1963), from “Music for Sunday- The Choir of Salisbury Cathedral”
-“O clap your hands” , text: from Psalm 47; music: Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), from “Best Loved Anthems from Salisbury”
-“Christ triumphant,” text: Michael Saward (born 1932); music: John Barnard (born 1948), from “Great Hymns from Salisbury”.
All sung by the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral Choir directed by David Halls (with kind permission of Priory Records).
Voluntary from “Grand Organ of Salisbury Cathedral,” DVD recording by David Halls (with kind permission of Priory Records).
Material in this recording is taken from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England and Common Worship: Times and Seasons. © copyright The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and 2006.