Ascension Day in the Home

Ascending Jesus
Paschal candle with individual candles
Paschal Candle with individual candles

Fruits of the Spirit Plaque
Fruit of the Spirit plaque

Circle of red candles
Prepare for Pentecost with red candles for the fruit of the Spirit


Ascension Day comes forty days after Easter. It is the day we celebrate Jesus ascending up to heaven.

Focus

The day has three themes:
  1. Jesus Christ is the light in us;
  2. Jesus Christ rules all creation;
  3. Jesus Christ will welcome us into his fellowship.

Mood

The disciples weren’t sure what would happen after Jesus ascended. We know that the Spirit did come and we celebrate that on Pentecost.

Symbol

Jesus commands us to be the “light of the world.” Individual candles symbolize Jesus light shining in our lives.

Worship Setting

Have the Paschal candle in the center of the table with individual candles for each person. Each person takes light from the Christ/Paschal candle before it is extinguished. (In some traditions the Paschal Candle is extinguished on Ascension Day, showing that Christ had returned to the Father, while in others it remains through the rest of the season.) As the light is removed it shows that Christ has truly risen and is Lord of all times and of all places.

Prepare for Pentecost

Get ready on the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost by reflecting on the nine fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5.22). Talk about one each day, asking:
How is this quality present in our family? or not?
How would our lives be different if we had more of it in our family?
In the world?
How might this fruit be cultivated?

Use nine red candles, lighting one for each fruit (one for the first day, two for the next, etc.).

Worship Leaflet

PDF file for Ascension Day family worship leaflet has just a bit to read and to pray.

Print on heavy stock and you’ll have reusable leaflets that may simply be pulled out to be used year after year. Covers may be decorated by children.

Cover
Ascension Day
PDF

Reading should be done by both adults and children; it is important to involve everyone at an appropriate level.

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Link

Celerating Ascension Day at Home 
Go for a walk, fly kites, have a picnic

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