Feast of the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, also known as Ascension Thursday, Holy Thursday, or Ascension Day, commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. It is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e. universally celebrated) of Christian churches, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter (following the accounts given in Mark 16:9, Luke 24:51, Acts 1:2), although some Christian denominations have moved the observance to the following Sunday.

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