If you are a Christian then surely you have not forgotten about Ascension day because it is one of the most important religious days which is very holy. This day is celebrated to commemorate the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. Christians celebrate this day exactly 39 days after Easter Sunday to commemorate this special time of their Lord Jesus.
However, the purpose of presenting today’s article is to tell you some facts about this day that you might not know so far. As a follower of Christianity you are probably ignorant of many things including its history. Don’t be disappointed because today’s article will give you an idea about almost everything. However, start reading the next sections without further delay because today is not too late.
When is Ascension day 2023?
Ascension Day is usually determined according to the English calendar date. It is celebrated on a Thursday and that day must be the 40th day of Easter Sunday. As such, Ascension will occur on May 18 in 2023. This day is known by several other names such as The Ascension of Jesus, The Feast of the Ascension, Ascension Thursday and many more. It is celebrated in many countries as a Christian holiday. People observe the day with due dignity and solemnity and make various arrangements in advance. Probably since the end of Easter Sunday, they start counting down this day because it is a very holy day for them.
History of Ascension day
It is a festival that is celebrated by both Catholics and Anglican Christian communities, but Protestants stay away from this festival. You must know that the Lord Jesus was crucified and resurrected on the Sunday known as Easter Sunday. He remained with the Apostles for 40 days and then ascended to the right hand of God in heaven. Since then this day has been recognized and celebrated throughout the ages.
Why Celebrate Ascension day?
Why is Ascension Day so important and why do people love to observe it? Of course there are some obvious answers. If you want to find inner peace then this day can be helpful for you. On this day people go to church and spend some time alone in prayer to God. If you have never been to church in the past, go at least once today and remember Jesus’ ascension. Think how pleased God must have been to place him at his side.
Another important reason for celebrating the day is that many people do not know about Ascension Day and the traditions of Christianity, for them it is the best day that encourages keeping those traditional traditions.
Although the day is not so popular in Dhuru, it has gained establishment over the years and has spread to more places. If you want this holy festival of your religion to spread worldwide then you must celebrate the day with various arrangements. In this other nations will also get a clear idea about it and know about its heritage.
How to Celebrate Ascension Day 2023?
There are many things you can do to celebrate this day but there are some things you should not do. But the first thing you need to do is to start the day with prayer in church because it is very important to get close to God on this day. As Protestant churches generally do not attach much importance to this festival. So first consider whether Protestant or Catholic.
Ascension Day 2023 Quotes
Here some inspiring Ascension Day quotes that may provide comfort, hope, and encouragement for Christians worldwide:
- “While he blessed them, he parted from them and carried up into heaven.” – Luke 24:51
- “And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’” – Acts 1:10-11
- “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
- “He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.” – Ephesians 4:10
- “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16
- “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” – John 14:2
- “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24
These quotes highlight the significance of Jesus Christ’s Ascension, his continued presence and support for Christians worldwide, and the hope and comfort that his journey from Earth to Heaven provides.
Another main activity on Ascension Day is attending a procession. On this day, processions come out from various churches with torches and banners to commemorate the ascension of Lord Jesus. However, not all churches may take out processions. In this case, you should find a church that has or is going to have such a procession.
Don’t forget to listen to hymns on this day. It is best if you listen to these hymns with the whole family. Over the years there are probably two wisdoms that everyone hears.