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Heaven Up?

Today is Ascension Day. It is 40 days after Easter. In Armenian, it is called “hambartzoum.”

We read about the event in the first chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. The author is the Evangelist, St. Luke, whose Gospel narrates Jesus’ earthly life from his Conception to his Resurrection. In the second “volume” he begins with the Ascension, and thus, he chronicles the development of the Christian Church.

St. Luke writes, “In my former book… I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen. After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

“…After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

And so begins the journey of the post-Resurrection community. It begins with them looking up! Up to the sky! And thus begins the notion that heaven is somewhere in the sky, in an upwardly direction, not necessarily North, but up.

Much of our concept of heaven comes from this particular passage. Most of us are familiar with a world map or a globe you find in geography classrooms. At the top is the Arctic circle and at the bottom is Antarctica. If you’ve even seen this map flipped, you know how odd it seems. Its oddity is in the fact that we are not familiar with the image.  Likewise, the concept of heaven is engrained in us from images that have been projected in movies, stories, and even in Scripture.

Heaven is not only up, it is also around, within and without. St. Luke marks this occasion, “When Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation;  nor will they say, ’See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Today is Ascension. The disciples were looking up. Where are we looking?

Tomorrow we look further in that direction.

Thankful Life

Next Step #651: Thanksgiving Day 2020, a time to inventory our pluses and minuses and finding a formula for life in thankfulness. Sending our prayers to heaven: New symbolism through a friendly balloon launch. Souls in heaven, always present: The metaphor explained. Part 2 of Ezras Tellalian interview: Thankfulness and the prayer for today. Thoughts that will make your thanksgiving meaningful, once again, all in this episode. Also: The Hagop Gurjian connection in the midst of interconnectivity. The Heart: Oz & Tennison.
Souls to Heaven/Balloon Launch
Naregatzi Prayer: Speaking to God
WD168: Lighting a Candle in the Darkness
Ezras Tellalian photography: http://www.rezras.com/
Element Band
Cover: Balloons to Heaven
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Numbers of Ascension

Next Step #573: Ascension Day 40 days after Easter – the Great Commission. Why 40 days? Authority in Heaven & Earth: Mystical traditions of numbers. Why did “some of them [disciples] doubted”? More on randomness and order, slots included. An Ascension day tradition: vijag and what it means to us today. Toumanian’s insight on destiny and superstition. Ascencia honors In His Shoes as “Chef of the Year”: Inspiring to move from victim to victor. And much more.
“Vijag” by Zulal
Ascencia Chef of the Year Award
Ascension Message
Great Commission
Hovhaness Toumanian Poems
28 Known Galaxies
Nick of Time by Richard Matheson
Cover: Lady at Sevan 2014
Technical Director: Ken Nalik
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The Apology Defense

Next Step #505: Vartanantz Edition. The outcome of worry and the tiring mind. Four Sisters of Mary, Apologies for God and the great mysteries that have perplexed humankind since the beginning of time meet together as Fr. Vazken connects dots in a most unusual manner. Defending God, is not as clear as the way of St. Vartan. The clouds of heaven and the wings of the angels are part of the mix too.
Norahrash Psakavor by Luys Vocal Quintet
Reclaim 2018: www.embracing-faith.com
40 Lenten Recipes
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Dreaming Science Fiction to Science Fact

Next Step #385: Alpha Centauri never seemed so distant. Mind Boggling distances and numbers. Einstein and religiosity. Millennials today: Always being ON: Forget about the Youth “being the future” – yesterday was McFly’s day in the future – 10/21/2015 and the Future of the Church transcends time! Good News: the Equal Opportunity expression of Christ. Fr. Vazken connects the dots between them all.
Song: “Heavenly Sunday” by Gor Mkhitarian
Tabetha Boyajian discovery from afar
Sirach 43
Alpha Centauri
Back to the Future
Millennials – Time Magazine
Stop Worrying about the Millennials” (Christianity Today)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Photo: Helix Nebula in Infrared
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