Ascension Day

The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is also called Holy Thursday, Ascension Day, or Ascension Thursday. It is, as we know it, one of the earliest Christian festivals, dating back to 68 AD.

On this day, the worldwide Christian church commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven after he was resurrected 40 days earlier. In the 40 days after the resurrection, Jesus met frequently with his friends and followers, as you can read in the Bible. While blessing his disciples, Christ ascended into heaven and took his place at the right hand of the Father.

The 40th day

Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter (following the accounts, given in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, Acts 1:2 ), although some Christian denominations have moved the observance to the following Sunday. Some Christians will celebrate Ascension Day by attending church services, praying and singing hymns.

On the 40th day, Jesus took his disciples to the Mount of Olives, where they watched as he ascended to heaven. This day symbolizes the end of the Easter season and takes place ten days before Pentecost.

It’s great to understand Jesus is in heaven, where he is still participating in our lives. The Bible explains that he’s praying for us, he’s our advocate and He understands us. Because he was a human like we are.

When is Ascension Day?

Western / Protestant / Catholic agenda

Ascension Day 2021: May 13th
Ascension Day 2022: May 26th

Orthodox agenda

Ascension Day 2021: June 10th
Ascension Day 2022: June 2nd

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