May 212020
 
The ascension depicted in Stained glass at St Eustachius, Tavistock

The ascension depicted in Stained glass at St Eustachius, Tavistock

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.

Stained glass: Christ Jesus returning to his throne in Heaven St Mary’s Mary Tavy, East Window.

Stained glass: Christ Jesus returning to his throne in Heaven
St Mary’s Mary Tavy, East Window.

The head that once was crowned with thorns
is crowned with glory now;
a royal diadem adorns
the mighty Victor’s brow.

The highest place that heaven affords
is his, is his by right,
the King of kings, and Lord of lords,
and heaven’s eternal Light;

The joy all of all who dwell above,
the joy of all below,
to whom he manifests his love
and grants his Name to know.

The cross he bore is life and health,
though shame and death to him:
his people’s hope, his people’s wealth,
their everlasting theme.