Ascension to Pentecost

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Juan Rodríguez Juárez – The Ascension of Christ

Christ is surrounded by angels and brilliant light, an effect pioneered in the early 16th century and fully developed in the Baroque. This responds to scripture’s emphasis on Christ’s ‘glorification,’ even while the red wounds on his hands and feet remind the viewer of how that glorification was attained.

The brightly illuminated angel below speaks the words ‘This Jesus who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come as you have seen him going into heaven. In Acts 1:10 it is two ‘men’ who say this to the apostles, but in the art they are pictured as angels, when they are pictured at all.

In the foreground are St Peter (bald head, short beard) and Mary (blue mantle). Their heads and the angel’s cloak seem illuminated, not from the source behind Christ but from one in front of the frame. There may be a theological reason for this – for example, God’s omnipresence – or perhaps simply because the painter may have had in mind a window across from the intended position of the painting.

Ascension Day by Malcolm Guite

We saw his light break through the cloud of glory
Whilst we were rooted still in time and place,
As earth became part of heaven’s story
And heaven opened to his human face.
We saw him go and yet we are not parted,
He took us with him to the heart of things,
The heart that broke for all the broken-hearted
Is whole and heaven-centred now, and sings;
Sings in the strength that rises out of weakness,
Sings through the clouds that veil him from our sight,
While we ourselves become his clouds of witness
And sing the waning darkness into light;
His light in us, and ours in him concealed,
Which all creation waits to see revealed.

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The four parish churches and one chapel that comprise this benefice are all cultural icons of the communities they serve and are of considerable heritage importance.

Much more than that, however, except during the present emergency, they are also living centres of Christian worship, offering peace and solace to all who enter them, and the Good News of Jesus Christ – as relevant as ever to the needs of a turbulent world.

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Many of the beautiful photographs taken for our website are the work of Mike Rego whose work may also be viewed on his website at http://www.mikerego.photography

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