The Ascension

The Ascension

The Ascension

Ascension is the term used for the last 'appearance' of Christ to the Apostles| after his Resurrection, when he was taken up to heaven on a cloud. This occurred 40 days after the Resurrection. With his right hand, Jesus blesses his followers, whilst on earth, the Apostles stand gazing up in awe at the departing figure.

The idea of Ascension was not confined merely to Christian belief. It was also used in classical mythology, where it depicted a mortal being received into heaven into the presence of a god. The term for a mortal being received into heaven in this way was 'Apotheosis'.