Excerpts from A Treasure Chest of Traditions for Catholic Families , various posts at Equipping Catholic Families and our Saint Scripts Craft Kits (Series ONE and TWO).
May 14th is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord!
Woah! What must the Ascension have been like…for the Apostles standing by? What a wild roller coaster the Apostles have been on!
No matter how much Jesus tried to teach them, nothing could have prepared them for the Passion of our Lord! He had told them about the Resurrection, but how much could they have possibly understood this unprecedented event!? Hidden in the Upper Room, no doubt precariously trying to hold each other up in their shared grief, Jesus appears to them in His New Glorified Body. The telling holes in His Hands and His Feet keep the Miracle fresh and irrefutable in their already blown-away little minds.
Appearing through locked doors and sharing meals with them when they least expect Him, these 40 days were fantastic… surreal even! I bet those Apostles eagerly held on to each moment as tightly as they could!
Then, they watch Him ascend into the Heavens! Surely no words could describe this vision! Happy for Jesus to be reunited with His Father, they no doubt feel the shock of devastating grief and loss as they try to fathom losing Him again!
They must have wondered “what now?”
Not yet empowered by the Mighty Holy Spirit, they must have huddled together once again, praying the first Novena (before anyone had a name for the 9 days of concentrated prayer). Little did they know of the Feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church!
Welcome to Feast Day Fun: Ascension of our Lord!
Last year, I made some Egg Carton Saints and I think Jesus turned out really cute! He fits right in with our Ascension decorations!
The backdrop of this picture is actually from another craft we tried last year. You’ll find it here: Ascension Craft Fail
We tried our hand at Bubble Painting last year, but I don’t think we got the chemistry or the technique quite right.
We might be better off trying Assumption Parfaits this year. If you visit the Feast Day Fun: Assumption post, you’ll be inspired by these colorful desserts and the picture graciously provided to us by Jessica at Catholic Cuisine.
If you look up Ascension Crafts on Pinterest, you’ll also find lots of floating and flying Jesus crafts with cartoon Jesus disappearing into the clouds!
What can we do to ready ourselves for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit? How can we renew our enthusiasm…our Lent-ridden relief on Easter Sunday that
He. has. risen!
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