Forty days after rising from the dead, and after appearing to the Twelve, as well as to other members of the early Church, Jesus ascended back to the right hand of the Father. We picture his birth, his life and ministry, Passion and Resurrection, and Ascension, as a downward and upward arc. He comes down from heaven, spends 33 years on earth, and then goes back up to heaven.

Although the traditional date of the ascension, 40 days after Easter, would fall on this Thursday, May 21, the feast will be celebrated next Sunday, May 24. Most of the churches throughout the world move the celebration of the Ascension to the following Sunday. This Thursday is celebrated as Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter.

I will write in more detail about the Ascension for next week’s newsletter.