Ascendo

By Sr. Fidelis

“I ascend to my Father, and to your Father, to my God, and your God, alleluia.” As Jesus leaves his disciples in bodily form, he reminds them (and us) that his life among us and his great sacrifice have reconciled us to the Father.

This Mode 7 antiphon is both triumphant and loving! The opening phrase “ascends” a full octave on the phrase Ascendo ad Patrem the high point being Patrem. Jesus’ joy at being reunited with his Father is expressed here! The phrase turns and brings it gently back to earth on et Patrem vestrum: the major sounds of the mode clothe the text in such a way, that it creates a sense of invitation to the listener…my Father and your Father…my God and your God.

Ascendo