The Feast of the Ascension in Jerusalem

The Ascension is the last step of the earthly life of Jesus. The last step on a stone which, according to tradition, is just outside Jerusalem, in an area where today most of the inhabitants are Muslims. The edicule itself – a small circular building which commemorates that moment – is Muslim property. Transformed into a mosque in the times of Saladin, it was open whereas now it is has a dome covering it.

Christians are allowed to celebrate here offices and Masses only on the Feast of the Ascension. This year, the Franciscans alternated with Greek Orthodox, Armenians, Copts, Ethiopians and Syriacs: like Easter, the feast that commemorates the ascension to Heaven of the Saviour falls on the same date for all the Christian confessions in Jerusalem. According to the rules of the status quo, the celebrations followed on in sequence with precise times on the eve, Wednesday 1st June, and then on the Feast celebrated on Thursday 2nd June. ..

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Where is Jesus’ body after the Ascension?

An interesting read (given the day) at The New Theological Movement:


Having already discussed whither Mary was assumed, we turn now to the Ascension of our Savior. Where is the physical body of Jesus? Must we believe that he is “up there” in space somewhere? Can his body be in heaven, if heaven is not “a physical place in the clouds” (as Bl. John Paul II stated)?

In this brief article, we will reformulate the essential position already established in our discussion of Mary’s Assumption and, then, we will turn to particular questions and clarifications regarding the current location of our Lord’s glorified body.

Read it here.

Ascension Day

Today is the Feast of the Ascension:

The Feast of the Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven. Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day from Easter day…

And from the Scriptures:

In the first book, Theophilus,
I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
until the day he was taken up,
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
to the apostles whom he had chosen.
He presented himself alive to them
by many proofs after he had suffered,
appearing to them during forty days
and speaking about the kingdom of God.
While meeting with the them,
he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
but to wait for “the promise of the Father
about which you have heard me speak;
for John baptized with water,
but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

When they had gathered together they asked him,
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
He answered them, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
throughout Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.”
When he had said this, as they were looking on,
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” 

(Acts 1:1-11)