Ascension of Jesus

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The Ascension of Jesus (anglicized from the Vulgate Latin: ascensio Iesu, lit.'ascent of Jesus') is the Christian belief, reflected in the major Christian creeds and confessional statements, that Jesus ascended to Heaven after his resurrection, where he was exalted as Lord and Christ,[1][2] sitting at the right hand of God.[3]

Jesus' ascension to Heaven depicted by John Singleton Copley in Ascension (1775)

The Gospels and other New Testament writings imply resurrection and exaltation as a single event.[4][5] The ascension is "more assumed than described," and only Luke and Acts contain direct accounts of it,[6] but with different chronologies.[note 1]

In Christian art, the ascending Jesus is often shown blessing an earthly group below him, signifying the entire Church.[9] The Feast of the Ascension is celebrated on the 40th day of Easter, always a Thursday;[3] some Orthodox traditions have a different calendar up to a month later than in the Western tradition, and while the Anglican Communion continues to observe the feast, many Protestant churches have abandoned the observance.[10][11]

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