The Ascension.

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Title:The Ascension
Notes:JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings.

In this beautiful rendering of the ascension, Jesus holds out his hands in blessing as he begins to rise to the heavens. The disciples, among whom is one of the women, gaze up at him. Their faces express mixtures of adoration, amazement, curiosity, fear, sadness, and joy. The disciples are finally beginning to realize and understand Jesus’ mission. May we too realize that we can embody the risen Christ in the world—loving extravagantly, living abundantly, and promoting justice and peace for all peoples.


Scripture:Luke 24:44-53
Peter I, 4:12-14; 5:6-11
Lectionary links:AAscn
General Subject:Ascension of Christ
Culture: African
Culture: Black
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Cameroon

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Attribution:JESUS MAFA. The Ascension, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved May 19, 2024]. Original source: (contact page:
Record Number:48398 Last Updated: 2022-05-05 11:51:27 Record Created: 2006-12-22 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition