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The Ascension of the Lord

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Ascension Thursday or transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter

In this week’s Gospel passage, we read about Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven. Before He returns to His Father, Jesus gathers His disciples for His final words to them, which come with a mission – preach the Gospel to the nations. This command to the Apostles becomes the mission of the Church. In this lesson, students will create their own personal witness of Jesus.

Lesson Materials


A. Read the Gospel passage aloud to your students as they follow along. Then, discuss the focus and reflection questions with them as a class.

B. Read the directions from The Good News Hidden Letters to your students. Then, have them find the hidden letters in the painting and write them on the lines. Last, help your students unscramble the letters to spell out the word for the Good News: Gospel.

C. Conclude the lesson by discussing the sacred art painting with your students by using the following questions:

  • What are some things that you see in this painting? Jesus, the disciples, angels, rays of light, clouds, a building in the background, hills, trees, and so on. Accept other reasoned answers.
  • How does this painting illustrate this week鈥檚 Gospel story? Jesus is ascending into Heaven before the gathered disciples.
  • If you could rewind this painting, what do you think happened immediately before this scene? Jesus gave His disciples the mission to proclaim the Gospel to the world.
  • If you could fast forward this painting, what do you think would happen immediately after this scene? Perhaps the disciples prayed, or they went home amazed, or, like the Gospel says, they returned to Jerusalem with joy and worshiped God. Accept other reasoned answers
  • Do you think the artist did a good job illustrating Jesus鈥 Ascension into Heaven? Why or why not? Accept reasoned answers.

Answer Key

Focus Questions

  1. That He would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.
  2. Repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
  3. To be a witness means to see something happen and then tell others about what was seen.
  4. Being clothed with power from on high 鈥 i.e. the coming of the Holy Spirit.
  5. They returned to Jerusalem and praised God in the Temple.

For "The Good News Hidden Letters" Activity Answer Key, please see attached Handout C

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