In wond’ring awe His faithful band
Upon the Mount of Olives stand,
And with the Virgin Mother see
Their Lord ascend in majesty.
Then speak, bright angels, drawing nigh:
“Why stand ye gazing at the sky?
This is the Saviour’s triumph-day;
To His reward He went away.”
“Returning to His heavenly throne,
He takes His kingdom for His own;
And thence again, when time shall end,
To judge the nations shall descend.”
O risen Christ, ascended Lord,
All praise to Thee let earth accord;
Be Thou our joy and strong defense,
And our eternal recompense.
John G. Hacker, Catholic Hymnal (New York: Schwartz, Kirwin & Fauss, 1920).