According to the Book of the Acts of Apostles, Jesus walked upon the earth another 40 days after his resurrection from the dead, and before he ascended into heaven. For that reason, Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday, which means few churches can celebrate the day in worship. This year, Ascension Day is Thursday, May 13th. Many churches today, however, either mark the Sunday service either before or after the day as Ascension Sunday. At Lake of the Isles, we will celebrate Ascension Sunday on Mother’s Day, May 9th.
One of the most striking symbols and memorable actions of the Ascension Day reading is the extinguishing of the Paschal Candle which has been positioned near the altar throughout the season of Easter. The candle is the symbol of Jesus’ resurrection light and his ongoing presence in the world for 40 days. As Jesus “ascends” and is “seen no more” the flame of the candle is snuffed out. The Paschal Candle is only lit again for baptisms and funerals.
Pre-registration with the Church Office is required for those planning to attend in person.
LOTI Lutheran Church ELCA
2020 W Lake of the Isles Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55405