Christ Ascends

Depending on your diocese or nation, you have already celebrated the Ascension or you will wait till Sunday. A reader sent me this link with a video of a statue of Christ rising to and through a ceiling hole in Sts Peter and Paul Church in Mittenwald, Germany.

In my younger days, I probably would have thought an attempt at reenactment with a statue a little cheesy. Today, I wonder about the tradition: how it began, how it gets maintained, and how a shifting of pastors affects that. It reminds me a little of the Baby Jesus figure rappelling down a wire from the choir loft on Christmas Eve. Still, we are spared smoke, mirrors, and special effects.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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