The Feast of the Ascension

The Ascension of Christ by Perugino

The Ascension of Christ by Perugino

May 29, 2014 is Ascension Thursday, a feast day in the Catholic church and for Catholics a holy day of obligation.    “So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.” 531 Christ’s body was glorified at the moment of his Resurrection, as proved by the new and supernatural properties it subsequently and permanently enjoys. 532 But during the forty days when he eats and drinks familiarly with his disciples and teaches them about the kingdom, his glory remains veiled under the appearance of ordinary humanity. 533 Jesus’ final apparition ends with the irreversible entry of his humanity into divine glory, symbolized by the cloud and by heaven, where he is seated from that time forward at God’s right hand.  Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain.  As written in the Acts of the Apostles, we believe that he will come again.   (The Catechism of the Catholic Church) 

In a podcast, Dr. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, of Creighton University discusses the feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Dr. Burke-Sullivan explains that, liturgically, the Ascension is as important as Christmas.


Submitted by:  A. Schwelm, Assistant Library Director


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