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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Feast of the Ascension

The Feast of the Ascension was celebrated forty days after Easter and was one of the universal feasts from the beginning of the liturgical year, along with Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Luke tells us: "

"And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, 'Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.'"
 Jesus had told the Apostles that it was good for him to go as he would send the Holy Spirit and so, Ascension is forty days after Easter (now moved to Sunday in some places) and Pentecost is fifty days after Easter and always celebrated on Sunday. 

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