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Ascension,

name usually given to the departure of Jesus from earth as related in the Gospels according to Mark (16) and Luke (24) and in Acts 1.1–11. The annual commemoration of this is one of the principal feasts in most Christian churches. Ascension Thursday, as it is called, occurs on the 40th day after Easter, being the Thursday of the sixth week of Easter. In early English usage this festival was known as Holy Thursday.

Ascension

(əsĕn`chən), island (1998 pop. 712), 34 sq mi (88 sq km), in the S Atlantic, NW of Saint HelenaSaint Helena
, island, 47 sq mi (122 sq km), in the S Atlantic Ocean, 1,200 mi (1,931 km) W of Africa. Together with the islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, it comprises the British overseas territory of St. Helena (2005 est. pop. 7,500). The capital and port is Jamestown.
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 and belonging to the British St. Helena overseas territory. Georgetown is the main settlement and port. Ascension is volcanic and rocky with little vegetation except on the western side of Green Mt. (2,817 ft/859 m), where mixed plantings beginning in the mid-1800s have established a cloud forest. It supports considerable livestock (rabbits, wild goats, and partridges), much of which was brought in by the nonindigenous population. Sea turtles and terns breed there annually. The United States maintains missile, satellite tracking, and space research stations on the island. Discovered by the Portuguese João da Nova in 1501, Ascension was taken by the British in 1815 and used as a naval station. In 1922 it was made a dependency of St. Helena. The island served as a refueling base for British aircraft and ships during the Falkland IslandsFalkland Islands
, Span. Islas Malvinas, group of islands (2012 pop. 2,563), 4,618 sq mi (11,961 sq km), S Atlantic, c.300 mi (480 km) E of the Strait of Magellan. The islands are a British overseas territory; the capital is Stanley.
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 conflict between Britain and Argentina in 1982.

Ascension

Assumption of Virgin Mary
belief that Mary was assumed bodily into heaven. [Christian Tradition: NCE, 1709]
crescent moon
Mary often depicted standing on or above moon. [Christian Iconog.: Brewer Dictionary, 726]
Elijah
transported to heaven in fiery chariot. [O.T.: II Kings 2:11]
Helen of Troy
soars away into the air from the cave in which Menelaus left her. [Gk. Drama: Euripides Helen]
Jesus Christ
40 days after Resurrection, ascended into heaven. [N.T.: Acts 1:1–11]
Marguerite
borne to heaven by angels. [Fr. Opera: Faust, Westerman, 183–185]
mi’raj
Muhammad’s night journey to paradise. [Islam: Leach, 731]
Romulus
taken to the heavens by Mars in a fiery chariot. [Rom. Myth: Brewer Dictionary, 775]
stars, garland of
emblem associated with the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. [Christian Iconog.: Jobes, 374]

ascension

Astronomy the rising of a star above the horizon

Ascension

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New Testament the passing of Jesus Christ from earth into heaven (Acts 1:9)

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an island in the S Atlantic, northwest of St Helena: uninhabited until claimed by Britain in 1815. Pop.: 1122 (2003 est.). Area: 88 sq. km (34 sq. miles)
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So it is that I can see her and hear her now on a hundred separate occasions beneath the awning beneath the stars on deck below at noon or night but plainest of all in the evening of the day we signalled the Island of Ascension, at the close of that last concert on the quarter-deck.
Twenty-five years ago, a multitude of people in America put on their ascension robes, took a tearful leave of their friends, and made ready to fly up into heaven at the first blast of the trumpet.
But nature has a higher end, in the production of New individuals, than security, namely ascension, or the passage of the soul into higher forms.
The lava clinker, over which we must drag ourselves, though smooth compared with some clinker I have heard of, such as that on the Island of Ascension, for instance, was yet rough enough to make our feet very sore, and this, together with our other miseries, had pretty well finished us.
There were portraits of men with large, melancholy eyes which seemed to say you knew not what; there were long monks in the Franciscan habit or in the Dominican, with distraught faces, making gestures whose sense escaped you; there was an Assumption of the Virgin; there was a Crucifixion in which the painter by some magic of feeling had been able to suggest that the flesh of Christ's dead body was not human flesh only but divine; and there was an Ascension in which the Saviour seemed to surge up towards the empyrean and yet to stand upon the air as steadily as though it were solid ground: the uplifted arms of the Apostles, the sweep of their draperies, their ecstatic gestures, gave an impression of exultation and of holy joy.
The same Providence which has willed that the concluding step in the geometrical calculation I have had the honor of describing to your royal highness should be your ascension to the throne, and the destruction of him who is hurtful to you, has also determined that the conquered one shall soon end both his own and your sufferings.