The feast has been celebrated 40 days after Easter in both Eastern and Western Christianity since the 4th century. Prior to that time, the Ascension was commemorated as a part of the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost .
during their ten days together. “After Christ’s ascension, the disciples were gathered together in one place to make humble supplication to God.
‘ascent of Jesus’) is Christian teaching that Christ physically departed from Earth by rising into Heaven, in the presence of eleven of his apostles. According to the New Testament narrative, the Ascension occurred 40 days after the resurrection.
After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus was tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert. Jesus having refused each temptation, Satan then departed and Jesus returned to Galilee to begin his ministry. During this entire time of spiritual battle, Jesus was fasting.
|Feast of the Ascension|
|Date||39 days after Easter|
|2020 date||May 21 (Western) May 28 (Eastern)|
|2021 date||May 13 (Western) June 10 (Eastern)|
|2022 date||May 26 (Western) June 2 (Eastern)|
In Christian tradition, the room was not only the site of the Last Supper (i.e. the Cenacle), but the room in which the Holy Spirit alighted upon the eleven apostles on Pentecost . It is sometimes thought to be the place where the apostles stayed in Jerusalem.
THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS GIVEN But it is a superficial reading that would appoint the 120 disciples , Acts 1:15 or the multitudes, Acts 2:6, at the place where the Spirit was given. Please note that the last verse of Acts 1 states that Matthias was numbered, ‘with the eleven apostles . ‘ Acts 1:26.
How is it that one can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit ? Peter, in his Pentecost sermon, gives to us the answer: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit .”
There may be a very practical reason for the Resurrection to have happened in three days after Jesus’ death, scholars say. First-century tradition held that only after three days could you be sure someone was dead; after four days the spirit was presumed to leave the body.
According to the New Testament, “God raised him from the dead”, he ascended to heaven, to the “right hand of God”, and will return again to fulfill the rest of Messianic prophecy such as the resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment and establishment of the Kingdom of God.
Matthew has two post-Resurrection appearances, the first to Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” at the tomb, and the second, based on Mark 16:7, to all the disciples on a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus claims authority over heaven and Earth and commissions the disciples to preach the gospel to the whole world.
The 40th Day concludes the 40 -day memorial period and has a major significance in traditions of Eastern Orthodox. It is believed that the soul of the departed remains wandering on Earth during the 40 -day period, coming back home, visiting places the departed has lived in as well as their fresh grave.
The Bible says, “He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). All of these events — His sacrificial death, His resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven — were possible only because of who Jesus was: God’s only Son, sent from heaven to save us from our sins.
Matthew 4:1-11 At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights and afterwards was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread.