The ascension of Christ

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Jesus Ascending into Heaven by John Singleton Copley, Wikipedia Commons

O God, you have glorified our victorious Savior
    with a visible, triumphant resurrection from the dead,
    and ascension into heaven, where he sits at your right hand;
grant, we beg you, that his triumphs and glories may ever shine in our eyes,
    to make us more clearly see through his sufferings,
    and more courageously endure our own;
being assured by his example,
    that if we endeavor to live and die like him,
    for the advancement of your love in ourselves and others,
    you will raise our dead bodies again,
    and conforming them to his glorious body,
    call us above the clouds
    and give us possession of your everlasting kingdom.


John Wesley, 1703-1791, English churchman and founder of Methodism
The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers

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Luke 24:50-53

Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them.
While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven.
So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.
And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

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