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Ascension of Jesus

Ascension of JesusThe Christian doctrine of the Ascension holds that Jesus body ascended to his Father in the presence of his apostles following his resurrection, and that in heaven he sits at the Father's right hand. The Ascension of Jesus also called as "The Exaltation of Jesus".

Forty days after Easter, Christians commemorate Jesus ascension into heaven. It is celebrated on thursday. The story of Christ ascension is found in the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts.

It is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It is referred as Christ's journey.

It describes his ascent upward into heaven after spending 40 days on the earth. When Christ actually ascended, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

The Ascension is the capstone of the life of Jesus, is made up of three events,

1. Final departure of Christ from earth,

2. His going up into heaven, and

3. The taking of his place at the right hand of the Father.

In the West, the Latin terms used for the feast, ascensio and, occasionally, ascensa, signify that Christ was raised up by his own powers. The three days before Ascension Thursday are sometimes referred to as the Rogation days (and the previous Sunday, the Fifth Sunday after Easter, as Rogation Sunday). The Book of Common Prayer of the Anglican Church treats "Holy Thursday" as an alternative name.

In the Eastern Church this feast was known as analepsis, the taking up, and also as the episozomene, the salvation, denoting that by ascending into his glory Christ completed the work of our redemption. Ascension is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox liturgical year.

The feast is always observed with an All-night vigil.The Eastern Orthodox Church uses a different method of calculating the date, so the feast will be after the western observance. Some of the Oriental Orthodox Churches, however, observe Ascension on the same date as the Western Churches.

From the History,The observance of this feast is of great antiquity. Although no documentary evidence of it exists prior to the beginning of the fifth century, St. Augustine says that it is of Apostolic origin, and he speaks of it in a way that shows it was the universal observance of the Church long before his time.

Some believe that the practice of observing a feast on the fortieth day after Easter and neglecting to keep Pentecost on the fiftieth day, implies that the proper usage of the time was to commemorate the Ascension along with Pentecost.

Certain customs were connected with the liturgy of this feast, such as the blessing of beans and grapes after the Commemoration of the Dead in the Canon of the Mass, the blessing of first fruits, afterwards done on Rogation Days, the blessing of a candle, the wearing of mitres by deacon and subdeacon, the extinguishing of the paschal candle, and triumphal processions with torches and banners outside the churches to commemorate the entry of Christ into heaven.

In England it was once common for churches to "beat the bounds" on this day, and some continue the custom. Members of the parish walk round the parish boundaries, marking boundary stones and hitting them with sticks. One of the purposes served by beating the bounds was that of warning the young men of the parish that any sexual misbehaviour ought to take place with women who lived outside the parish.

In some countries like Austria, Belgium, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Namibia, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Vanuatu it is a public holiday. Germany also holds its Fathers' Day on the same date.

In Venice the ceremony of the Wedding with the Sea was traditionally celebrated on the Feast of the Ascension, while in Florence the Feast was observed by having a dove slide down a string from the high altar of the cathedral to ignite a large decorative container filled with fireworks in front of the main entrance of the cathedral.

This feast is one of the ecumenical feasts, ranking with the feasts of the Passion.


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