In the Nicene Creed, we profess
out belief in Jesus' Ascension when we say:
"He ascended into
heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father."
The Ascension is a mystery of faith, just
like Jesus' Resurrection, with which it is closely associated.
The event is mentioned briefly by the Evangelist Mark (16:19)
and Luke (24:50-53). A more detailed account is given by Luke
in the Acts of the Apostles (1:1-12).
The Ascension of Jesus can be defined as
the transfer of his risen, glorious body to heaven, that is,
to the world of the divine. In the Old Testament, God is described
in some texts as "descending" from heaven to accomplish
something on earth; he then "ascends" or returns
to the world of the divine. Jesus himself speaks of descending
to this earth and ascending again to the Father once his work
of redemption has been accomplished (cf. Jn 3:13, Eph 4:10).
for the mention of the forty days by Luke in Acts, Mark, Luke
and John think of the Ascension as occurring on the day of
the resurrection. The idea is that the final glorification
and exaltation of Jesus takes place at his Resurrection —
are two aspects of the same thing. Through his Resurrection-Ascension,
he leaves the earth and the created universe to take his place
at the right hand of the Father.
For The Ascension
Prayer for the Ascension
Father in heaven,
our minds were prepared
for the coming of your kingdom
when you took Christ beyond our sight
so that we might seek him in glory.
May we follow where he has led
and find our hope in his glory,
for he is Lord forever. Amen