Happy Ascension Day, everyone!
Here’s what I wrote for my congregation last year about this holy day:
Ascension Day is perhaps the most under-celebrated important holiday in the calendar. Representing one of the lines of the Creeds (“he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father”), this holiday marks a significant turning point in the Gospel story and sets the stage for how the Christian’s relationship with God is defined. We often think of it as an awkward point between the Resurrection of Jesus (Easter) and the Descent of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost), but even in itself the Ascension is a major event. What I’m setting out to do in this post is draw from the various Scriptural and traditional resources of the Church’s liturgy to explore some of the basic teachings and implications of this great and underappreciated day in the year.
The Event of the Ascension
Christ’s ascension is described in three books: Mark, Luke, and Acts.
In Mark’s Gospel…
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