Thursday, 21 May 2009

Sky Watch Ascension Day





 
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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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44 comments:

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Dear Reader Wil...An informative and unusual post. I liked it.
Something unusual is happening..

jeannette stgermain said...

Beautiful and so appropriate for ascension day!

kRiZ cPEc said...

Thanks for sharing- just a little question: New Zealand celebrates this day as well? I saw NZ in the photo.

Etje said...

Maak er een fijne dag van Wil.

Groetjes

naturglede said...

That was a new day for me, ascension day! Great photo:)

Jeanette said...

Gday Wil, very informative post. We dont celebrate Ascension day here..

Patty said...

Thanks for sharing this information.
Happy Ascension to you.

I also want to thank you for your visits and comments. I posted the six important things to me but I only referred back to you, I told anyone that wanted to play the tag game to feel free to do so. Thanks

Brenda said...

Sometime over six years ago the majority of Bishops in our country decided to move Ascension Day from Thursday to Sunday. I just saw this in our church bulletin. I think Thursday is still marked on the calendar though. We are having sunny beautiful skies here where I live. Hope yours are the same.

vincibene said...

Wonderful picture and interesting post.

Babooshka said...

Absolutely stunning and I learned of another new day.

Carver said...

That's a wonderful shot and perfect for ascension day.

Ninnu said...

What a beautiful photo!

Sara G said...

Beautiful photo!!

Photo Cache said...

Oh my what a lovely landscape, very rugged.

Thanks for the reminder of the ascension.

Patty said...

Sorry about that, I should have said Happy Ascension Day to you, not just Happy Ascension. Beautiful day here today temp got up to around 83F, sun is shining, air is dry, and almost perfect day.

Carol said...

Beautiful shot for Ascension Day...

Pam said...

That happy doggie face makes me smile every time I see it, Wil.

Your Sky Watch photo is so breathtaking. I would love to see that view in person.
Thanks for sharing, have a terrific weekend, Wil

Bonnie Bonsai said...

A beautiful Biblical verse to go with the breathtaking sky over the mountain trail.

Marja said...

I think you are talking about hemelsvaartdag isn't it?
I love that picture It is so much our beautiful NZ

Willa said...

wow! what a great things to learn, thanks for sharing and for the wonderful picture as well.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

This is a magical photo for celebrating Ascension Day, Wil.

Etje said...

Was hier idd gisteren ook een feestdag, en omdat het zo'n mooi weer was zijn we naar Gent gegaan.
Maar was precies of we liepen ergens in Nederland, al wat we hoorden was Nederlands.

Groetjes

floreta said...

looks like quite the trek!

Guy D said...

Brilliant photo, I'd love to travel to New Zealand.

Have a great weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Rajesh said...

Amazing snap of the valley. It is nice to learn something new about tradition.

Regina said...

Hi. This is magnificent.
Nice blog.

Pacey said...

Beautiful shot and the story. I never knew when I was in a'dam that there was this day to celebrate, heheheh...thanks for a very informative post Wil. Groetjes and good to see you!

John said...

Fabulous shot and interesting info.
Happy weekend.

SILVER said...

Happy Ascension Day! Is that practiced like a nation wide thing?

~Silver
from Reflections/
One Day at a Time with Silver

B Squared said...

A perfect picture to compliment those beautiful words.

Sylvia K said...

Awesome shot! and an informative post as always! Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend!

Rune said...

Informative post and a great photo. Have a nice weekend :)

God helg!

Silver said...

You too- have a wonderful weekend!

~Silver

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Wil....How wonderful! I never knew there was such a celebration! I wonder why American Christians don't do this? I'm so envious of your country's wonderful Christian celebrations!

erin said...

a perfect capture for ascension day...heavenly.
take care

SandyCarlson said...

That is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous. Thanks.

Small City Scenes said...

Ascension Thursday, we celebrate it also. Super sky watch shot. MB

Etje said...

Kom je nog een fijn weekend wensen Wil.

Groetjes

Anya said...

Hallo Wil
Heerlijk even nederlands intikken.
Het is voor mij een hele klus engels te schrijven.
Maar in die 3 maanden dat ik blog gaat het steeds beter.
Leuke blog vandaag.
Informatief !!
Ik wens U een heel fijn weekend :)
Anya & Kareltje

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I would love to go on vacation with you. You always have the most amazing photographs.

Dina said...

Wow, that's great news about the September visit.
I have to go back to working and make some money to refill the shekel basket before I can go anywhere. But it's nice even to dream of biking around the polder.

J Bar said...

Awesome scenery.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh beautiful photo. Did not know about Ascension day. There's always much to learn when reading your blog Wil. And the little dog is just adorable on your header :)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful Post...I Love Your Blog..