In this video we are participating in the Christian Orthodox celebration of the Ascension of Jesus to heaven, 40 days after his resurrection. Jesus was taken up to heaven in his resurrected body from the Chapel of the Ascension right here on the top of the Mount of Olives.
The description of the Ascension of Jesus to heaven is given fully only in the Acts of the Apostles, but is briefly described also in the Gospel of Luke at 24:50 – 53 and in the ending of Mark at 16 16:19.
According to Christian tradition, the spot from which Jesus ascendant to heaven is located on the Mount of Olives, inside where it is today the Chapel of the Ascension. Within this chapel, there is a slab of stone with the footprint of Jesus as he was ascending into heaven.
Each year on Thursday, the 40th day from Easter Day, Christians all over the world, celebrate the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. This feast is ranks with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost. The feast itself start with a vigil night on the eve of the day of ascension. The Francisca priests, stay and pray all night in order to be with Jesus on his last night on Earth before Jesus is joining his father in heaven.
There is no better place to celebrate the Ascension of Jesus than at the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives – the actual spot from where Jesus ascendant with his body into heave.
I was there and here is the video that I have prepared for you to watch, so you could feel as if you are actually part of this celebration.
Let’s all live the Jerusalem Experience !!!!