Celebration of Jesus’s Ascension

From Charles Wesley’s 1739 “Hymn for Ascension Day” to Phil Wickham’s contemporary rendition of the “The Ascension”—drawing attention to the commemoration of the New Testament account in Acts 1:9 of Jesus’s ascension into heaven—the ascension is celebrated by many Christians on the forty days after Jesus’s resurrection, described in Acts 1:3.

During that time, Jesus instructed his disciples, and on the fortieth day they witnessed his ascension to 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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