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The Observance of Ascension commemorates the ascent of Jesus Christ into heaven. This event is celebrated by Christian denominations worldwide to reaffirm the belief that Jesus returned to his Father in heaven to prepare a place for his followers. Believers can reflect upon Christ's time on Earth, his teachings, and the fulfilment of biblical prophecies.
The origins of the Ascension observance date back to the early Christian Church. Scriptural references in the New Testament, primarily in the Gospels of Luke and Acts of the Apostles, recount Jesus' ascension witnessed by his disciples 40 days after his resurrection. The event has grown to be an important aspect of the liturgical calendar, with the earliest festivities occurring in the 4th century. Over time, various customs such as processions, uplifting hymns, and the releasing of balloons or birds have emerged to honour Ascension.
In Australia, as in most parts of the world, the Ascension occurs 40 days after Easter Sunday. Depending on the denomination, it may be observed on the actual day – known as Ascension Day or Holy Thursday – or the following Sunday, known as Ascension Sunday. This event illuminates the divine nature of Christ and serves as a reminder of his promise to return, inspiring hope and faith among believers.
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Ascension references and related sitesGreek Orthodox Archdiocese: Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ