Since about the fourth century, Ascension Day (Ascensio Domini), a moveable feast of the Christian Church, has always been commemorated on the fortieth day after Easter (Acts 1:3). To the Christian, the doctrine of the Ascension has manifold comforts. Faith and hope for the future of God's kingdom rests secure in the knowledge that Christ ascended and now is ever and everywhere present and governs and protects His church on earth. Best of all the angels proclaimed the good news, " He shall return."
On Ascension Sunday and Ascension Day, at Historic Trinity Lutheran Church, the gold metallic threaded ancient ecclesiastical roses on ivory material paraments are in use on the altar and for the communion ware.
The Ascension Festival Pastor's Chasuble is made of Irish linen and is from Ireland. The central interchangeable panel of the chasuble is in gold, today, in recognition of the royal return of our Lord to heaven.
The finely crafted Pastor's Stole, worn today, is from Belgium, made by Slabbinck. It depicts the four Evangelists of the Gospel: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
RESURRECTION AND ASCENSION WINDOW (Front Window)
The main figure in the central panel is the figure of our Lord. At the base of the tomb is one of the Roman soldiers (Matthew 28:4) who became as dead men, and round about him is the heavenly host of angels and cherubs, bound together with the rainbow and the starry heavens. Below the angels in the right-hand panel are shown the three Marys (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24:1-8, John 20:1), while in the left-hand panel is Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene in the garden (John 20:11-18, Mark 16:9-11). The large central tracery shows the Ascension of our Lord (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53).
Since the 5th Century, the Paschal Candle has been used in the Church from Easter Sunday to Ascension Day. The Paschal Candle is lit for all Worship Services, during these 40 days, as a symbol of the Resurrection. The rest of the year, the candle stands beside the Baptismal Font. The Paschal Candle is lit for each Baptism and placed by the casket of each Burial, reminding us we are baptized and buried into Christ our Risen Lord. Paschal means "pertaining to the Passover," or in the Christian Church "Easter".
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