To complete your seamless robe,
and so to complete our faith,
you ascended through the air into the heavens,
before the very eyes of the apostles.
In this way you showed that you are Lord of all,
and are the fulfillment of all creation.
Thus from that moment every human and every living creature
should bow at your name.
And, in the eyes of faith,
we can see that all creation proclaims your greatness.
Bernard of Clairvaux, 1090-1153, French abbot and Cistercian mystic
After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”