Why is Ascension celebrated on Sunday?

Why is Ascension celebrated on Sunday?

For 40 days after his resurrection on Easter Sunday, the Bible says that Jesus travelled and preached with his apostles, preparing them for his departure from Earth. Ascension Day marks the moment Jesus literally ascended into heaven before his disciples, at the village of Bethany, near Jerusalem.

What happens on Ascension Day?

Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated the 40th day after Easter Sunday, that commemorates Jesus Christ’s ascension into heaven according to Christian belief. The Bible says Jesus promised the disciples that they would soon receive the Holy Spirit, and asked them to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit had come.

What Sunday is Ascension Sunday 2021?

13 May
Previous Years

Year Date Holiday
2021 13 May Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
2020 21 May Ascension Day of Jesus Christ
22 May Ascension Day of Jesus Christ Holiday
2019 30 May Ascension Day of Jesus Christ

What is ascension and Pentecost?

In Acts 2:3 it says that after the ascension, Jesus’ disciples were gathered together when the Holy Spirit descended on them like tongues of fire . Pentecost is a festival of celebration and the liturgical colours are red symbolising of the “tongues of fire”, a symbol of the Holy Spirit.

Why is Ascension Day always on a Thursday?

Because the date of Easter varies from year to year, the celebration of the Ascension moves with it. It always falls on the fortieth day from Easter and, since Easter always falls on a Sunday, Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday; it is frequently called “Holy Thursday.” Ascension Day celebrates Christ’s exaltation.

How many days before Pentecost is Ascension Day?

It is believed that on the 40th day he took them to the Mount of Olives, where they watched as he ascended to heaven. Ascension Day marks the end of the Easter season and occurs ten days before Pentecost. Depending upon the phases of the Moon in a particular year, Ascension Day is celebrated on a Thursday.

Is the government closed on the day of Ascension?

Government offices, schools, banks and many businesses are usually closed in countries where Ascension Day is a public holiday.

Where does Ascension Day take place in Indonesia?

The Friday in between is usually quiet, particularly in shops and offices. Despite Christianity being a minority religion in Indonesia, Ascension Day is a public holiday and special services take place at churches throughout the country.