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The Ascension

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download.

Description of The Ascension

Prefacing the empowerment of the people through the Spirit at Pentecost, Jesus Christ the Son of God, our mediator, ascends and joins the Father. On a mountain, symbolically connecting earth and heaven and portraying the vastness of Christ's reign over all creation, the disciples watch as their Lord is lifted up in majesty. Depicted in this image are the clouds coming back together again, shaped by the wind and presence of the Holy Spirit, and the disciples already returning to Jerusalem, not yet understanding what is to come.

Scripture References

  • Acts 1:6b-9, 12a
  • 1 Timothy 2:16

Occasions for Use

  • Ascension of Our Lord
  • Transfiguration

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."