is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and refers to the Ascension of Jesus Christ
into Heaven forty
days after His resurrection from the dead
. The event is recorded in the New Testament
in Acts chapter 1.
Ascension Day is always a Thursday; in some churches it is commemorated on the subsequent Sunday (the Sunday before Pentecost). In some countries (e.g. Scandinavia or Germany) it is a public holiday.
Ascension Island in the southern Atlantic Ocean is so named because it was first recorded on Ascension Day 1503.
Ascension Parish is a parish in Louisiana. (In that state a parish is equivalent to a county).
More generally, an ascension is the act of ascending, usually to a significantly higher personal state, as the ascension of a king to the throne. A physical act of ascending, such as in mountain climbing is more commonly called an ascent.
Mage: The Ascension is a role-playing game.
In astronomy, right ascension is used to describe positions in the sky.\n