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Ascension

Ascension Day—the celebration of Jesus being taken up into heaven—is one of the Church’s lesser-celebrated commemorations. But as Books & Culture editor John Wilson noted, “The Ascension marks the beginning of the church—and anticipates the Second Coming. It requires us to think in Trinitarian terms, as Christ ascends to sit at the right hand of the Father, where he is our high priest, and promises the Spirit to the church.”

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