Ascension of the Lord

The Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter and commemorates the ascension of Jesus to heaven.

Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name: make known his deeds among the peoples.

(from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

        • Embrace the overlapping rhythms of worship, care for others, and justice; confront the ways your privilege and ease may come at the expense of another and consider how you may contribute to the ministry of reconciliation
        • Celebrate with a picnic or climb the highest nearby heights to imitate the Mount of Olives from where Jesus ascended

      The rising dove and breaking chains are traditional symbols associated with Jesus’ ascension into heaven from earth. Rays of light numbering seven represent the wholeness and completion of Jesus’ reunion with his divine Father. These are crowned with a laurel wreath, the ancient symbol of victory, to represent Jesus’ triumph over sin, death, and the powers of evil. We accept the invitation to freedom offered through Jesus’ victory over sin, as well as our call to join him in bringing freedom and justice to others.