Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day

Did you know that?  Did you even know that it existed?  This is the day when we commemorate Jesus rising into heaven after his resurrection. 

I was reading where somebody referred to it as the fourth most important Holy Day in the Christian Calendar.  (After Christmas, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.)  However ever since they stopped it as a Public Holiday in my country, I think it is a bit of a non-event here for many Christians. 

I have to admit I am not a big attender of Church on this day.  I am happy to honour the event, but have never felt compelled to go to Church to do this on Thursday night.  I often do, but I do not see it as a major event.  For me, Jesus kind of pulled of the greatest miracle of all time when he rose from the dead.  Going back to heaven is great, but it is a bit like a magician making a hat appear out of thin air in the middle of an empty field, hanging in the air and surrounded by cameras… and then still expecting me to me surprised when a rabbit climbs out the hat.

Do other people out there still attend Ascension Day services? 
Does anyone else actually get a day off for it?
Is Ascension Day part of your observances over Eastertide?

1 comment:

  1. For the record, I do get the significance that the Ascension means Jesus went back to prepare a place for us, and that he is in Heaven, not the grave. I do get that he breathed His Spirit onto the disciples before he ascended. I get it all...

    I just don't do church on that day the same way I would on Ash Wednesday or Maundy Thursday.


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