Hail the day that sees him rise, Alleluia!
To his throne above the skies. Alleluia!
Christ, the Lamb for sinners given, Alleluia!
Enters now the highest heaven. Alleluia
There for him high triumph waits; Alleluia!
Lift your heads, eternal gates. Alleluia!
He has conquered death and sin!
Take the King of glory in. Alleluia!
Highest heaven its Lord receives; Alleluia!
Yet he loves the earth he leaves. Alleluia!
Though returning to his throne, Alleluia!
Still he calls us all his own. Alleluia!
The Ascension of Jesus Luke 24: 50-53
Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven And they worshipped him, and[b] returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and they were continually in the temple blessing God.
To celebrate this Feast Day I have chosen two great Ascension Day Hymns. The first, by Charles Wesley helps us look up with the disciples and watch Jesus ascending into heaven. The second helps us imagine the joy and celebration in heaven as Jesus is crowned with glory and honour for ever and ever.
The head that once was crowned with thorns
The highest place that heaven affords
The joy all of all who dwell above,
The cross he bore is life and health,