Thursday, 21 May 2009
Sky Watch Ascension Day
New Zealand January 2005
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This Thursday we celebrate Ascension Day in the Netherlands. What is Ascension Day?
Christians observe the biblical story of Jesus' ascension from the earth into the clouds from either Jerusalem, Bethany, or the Mount of Olives; biblical references differ.
It is normally observed on a Thursday, exactly forty days after Easter Sunday. Depending upon the phases of the moon in a particular year, it is celebrated in the West between sometime between April 30 and June 03. However, some churches -- particularly in the United States -- celebrate Ascension Day on the following Sunday.
Ascension day marks the end of the Easter season. It occurs ten days before Pentecost, which many regard as the date when the Christian church was founded.
"The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world......"
(Psalms 19:1-6 NRSV)
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