Ascension Day is a feast day that celebrates Christ ascending into heaven after his death, burial and resurrection. It occurs 40 days after Easter. According to St. Augustine, the Feast of Ascension originated with the Apostles. It may be one of the oldest feasts practiced by the church. This year we gather for an Ascension Day service at 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 30, to hear the story of Jesus’ Ascension. The Paschal candle burns near the altar during the Easter season as a sign of the presence of the risen Christ. It is customary to extinguish the candle at the reading of the Gospel on Ascension Day as a sign of the end of the appearances of the risen Jesus at that time.
The Ascension, JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings were selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings. From Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library.