The Ascension

Hymns like Charles Wesley’s 1739 “Hymn for Ascension Day” to Phil Wickham’s contemporary rendition of “The Ascension” commemorate the New Testament account in Acts 1:9 of Jesus’s ascension into heaven.

Today is a day celebrated by many Christians on the fortieth day after Jesus’s resurrection, described in Acts 1:3, when Jesus instructed his disciples, who on the fortieth day witnessed his ascension into heaven.

Although Ascension Day is formally acknowledged ten days before Pentecost and always on a Thursday, many churches choose to celebrate on the following Sunday, often as a time of prayer and fasting.

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