In this minisode, the lyrics are read of an early 8th century hymn written by the English monk and scholar, the Venerable Bede (672/673 – 735), celebrating the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ back to Heaven. It is an interesting coincidence of church history that the author of this Ascension hymn died on the Feast of the Ascension in the year 735.
Link to website featuring the text of the Ascension Hymn can Lord Jesus Christ back to Heaven can be found here.
It in, we remember the end of the Lord Jesus’ work on Earth in the 1st century and His triumphant return to Heaven as the King of Glory foretold in Psalm 24. Though this celebration has suffered some neglect over the years, there are a number of people who are trying to bring awareness of this feast back to the church, despite there being no cultural celebration to go along with it such as Christmas and Easter.
Here is a link to a great sermon on the Ascension.
Here is the link to my webpage for the podcast episode which I did on the Ascension.
In Episode 43, we discuss a once universally-celebrated feast of the Church which today is forgotten by many, namely, the Feast of Our Lord’s Ascension back to Heaven.
Link to Robert DeMoor’s article on the decline of the feast of the Ascension can be found here.
Links to Curate Steve Collier’s blog entries from “Christ: Sun of Righteousness” which discusses the importance of Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascension as found in Psalms 22, 23, and 24 can be found here,here and here.
Link to Ascension Day Meditation from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama can be found here.
Picture included is the painting “Ascension of Christ” by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (1636)