The Year: Ordinary Time

That period of the year through Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost is regarded as extraordinary time. It marks the time in which God has inaugurated His new creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and the coming of His Holy Spirit.

The season after Pentecost to the beginning of Advent is known as ordinary time. It spans the non-festive period through the months of summer and fall.

Although we may be tempted to think of ordinary time as routine, or even mundane, the time after Pentecost is by no means “ordinary.”

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The Year: Ascension

The Scriptures record that the Ascension of Jesus occurred in the presence of the apostles. Luke tells us that Jesus had lifted His hands to bless them, and “while he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven” (Luke 24:51).  In the Book of Acts, Luke writes, “He was taken up before their very eyes” (Acts 1:9). This occurred 40 days after the resurrection. It is recorded in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:4-11.

Although the place of the Ascension is not distinctly stated, it probably took place on the Mount of Olives. Luke says that following the Ascension, the apostles “returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives” (Acts 1:12).

The imagery of Christ’s Ascension is related to the broader theme of His exultation.

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