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Ascension Sunday

This weekend we celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord. Traditionally it was celebrated 40 days after the resurrection or ten days before Pentecost and it was called Ascension Thursday. The common story of Ascension we get in the Acts of the Apostles. The risen Lord in the presence of his Apostles ascends to heaven.

Jesus, during the 40 days post resurrection, appeared at different times and places to his Apostles. He instructed them to understand their belief in the Resurrection. Prior to his Ascension he promised the Holy Spirit and he gave them instructions for their Mission. We look at these farewell messages.

St Mark: “Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Gospel to all creation, whoever believes and is Baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned”.

Matthew: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore, make disciples of all nations; Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And look, I am with you always; yes, to the end of time”.

Luke: So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and in his name, repentance for the forgiveness of sins would be preached to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses to this”.

John: “As the Father sent me, so am I sending you…Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained”.

Acts: “Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky”?? Happy Feast of Ascension.

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