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Before beginning, take three deep breaths.

Lord, you spoke to your disciples and then ascended into heaven where you took your place at the right-hand of God.  From the brutality of the cross, to the darkness of the grave and then to brilliant resurrected life, you have ascended to a place of royalty, power and honor at God’s right-hand.  And yet you are never far from us.  Keep us always near to you and may we worship you as the crucified, risen and ascended Lord you are.  In the name of Christ we pray, AMEN.

Close with the Lord’s Prayer, pausing between each word.