In the Person of the Risen Lord, the God/man, our humanity is at this very moment present at the right hand of God the Father. When Christ ascended to the Father, our humanity ascended with Him. We are already there, but still not yet there. We must wait for the world’s consummation and final reckoning to join Them in our final state of endless contemplation of the Triune God. Christ is the Head of the Church. Through and in Him we are the Body, the members, the Church. In that time after the world and everything and everyone has been put in the balance, and everything has been submitted by Christ to the Father so that God may be all in all, Christ the Head and Christ the Body will be, as St. Augustine might put it, Christus Totus: Christ Whole and Entire. The Ascension, celebrated on 40th day after Easter since the 4th century, is a celebration in advance of our own ascension in glory.
Fac nos, omnipotens Deus, sanctis exsultare gaudiis,
et pia gratiarum actione laetari,
quia Christi Filii tui ascensio est nostra provectio,
et quo processit gloria capitis,
eo spes vocatur et corporis.
Cause us, Almighty God, to exult in holy joys
and to be glad in dutiful thanksgiving,
for the ascension of Christ Thy Son is our advancement,
and the hope of the Body is being called to that place
from whence comes forth the glory of the Head.
Sacrificium, Domine, pro Filii tui supplices
venerabili nunc ascensione deferimus;
praesta, quaesumus, ut his commerciis sacrosanctis
ad caelestia consurgamus.
O Lord, we supplicants are bringing the sacrifice
now for the venerable Ascension of your Son:
grant, we beg, that we may rise up unto the heavenly places
by means of these most sacred exchanges.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus,
qui in terra constitutos divina tractare concedis,
ut illuc tendat christianae devotionis affectus,
quo tecum est nostra substantia.