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The Ascension of Our Lord
Ascension Day marks the day when Jesus Christ ascended up into Heaven, by his own powers. It was 40 days after his resurrection from the dead, which was on Easter Sunday (in A.D. 30). Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday.
It marks the last appearance of Jesus to the disciples after his resurrection at Easter. Jesus had spoken to his disciples about what was going to happen to them and what he expected them to do. He was with them on the Mount of Olives when ‘a cloud hid him from their sight’ (Acts 1.9) and ‘he left them and was taken up into heaven’ (Luke 24.51).
This is what we call ‘the ascension’. Although this is the last time the Bible records the risen Jesus being seen, it did not mark the end of his work. The story of Jesus' ascension in the Acts of the Apostles tells of two angels appearing to his followers and telling them that Jesus will return one day.
The Colours of Ascension Day
Following Easter the liturgical colour of The Ascension is Gold and White
The Paschal Candle
The Paschal Candle has been lit at all Masses in the church from Easter Sunday to Ascension Day. The Paschal Candle is lit during these 40 days, as a symbol of the Resurrection.
For the rest of the year, the candle stands near the Baptismal Font. The Paschal Candle is then lit at all Baptisms.