On this Feast, our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: “If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth.”
— St. Augustine from a Sermon for the Lord’s Ascension
We are commemorating the day on which our human nature was carried up in Christ, above all the hosts of heaven, above all the ranks of angels, beyond the highest heavenly powers to the very throne of God the Father. Today we have been made possessors of paradise, having gained more through Christ’s unspeakable grace than we had lost through the devil’s malice. Our enemy drove us out of the bliss of first abode, but the Son of God has placed us at the right hand of the Father, with who he lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
— Adapted from a sermon on the Ascension of Leo the Great (c.400-461)