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THE APOSTLES CREED: ARTICLE 6


The book is a complete explanation of the 12 Articles of the Apostles Creed.

ARTICLE 6:
HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN, AND IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD THE FATHER ALMIGHTY
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AUTHOR Rev. Fr. Paolo O. Pirlo, SHMI

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1st Edition, Manila, May 19, 2013

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2. A CATECHISTS PRAYER
Loving Father, giver of all that is, help me to remember that every gift I have comes from you. Expand my vision so that I can appreciate your goodness in the world around me. Jesus, our Redeemer, you are the path to the treasures of my heart and soul. Strengthen my commitment to be a catechist and deepen my capacity to share your truth with those in my care. Holy Spirit, Love Divine, all life and energy flows from you. Illuminate my thoughts and intensify my desire to grow ever deeper in my faith. I lift up my prayer to you, God Father, Son, and Spiritin humility and hope. Amen.
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3. WHAT ARE THE TWO PARTS OF THE 6TH ARTICLE? The 6TH Article of the Creed is divided into Two Parts: 1. The Ascension of Jesus, 2. Jesus Sits at the Right Hand of God

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4. THE ASCENSION 0F JESUS: When did Jesus ascend into Heaven?


Jesus ascended into Heaven 40 days after the resurrection. Then two angels said: Jesus will return in the same way as you have seen him going into Heaven (Acts 1:11). Although the ascension took place on a Thursday, the celebration was moved to the next Sunday, to allow a greater participation of people.
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5. THE ASCENSION 0F JESUS: Did Jesus ascend from the Mount of Olives or from Galilee?
St. Luke said that the Ascension of Jesus took place on the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem (Acts 1:12). However, St. Matthew said that Jesus gave his last farewell in Galilee, 100 km north of Jerusalem (Mt. 28:16). The discrepancy has two explanations: First, after the farewell, the Apostles moved back to the Mount of Olives where the ascension took place. Second, the word Galilee in this context refers to a portion of the Mount of Olives where the Galileans used to camp out, known as The field of the Galileans, or simply Galilee.
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6. THE ASCENSION 0F JESUS: What is the missionary mandate?


The missionary mandate is the last farewell of Jesus: Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you (Matthew 28:19-20).

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7. THE ASCENSION 0F JESUS: What are the three parts of the missionary mandate?
1. GO: Every Christian ought to be a missionary and to evangelize: beginning from our family till the ends of the earth. 2. TEACH: We can teach the Gospel in three ways: by means of preaching, like St. Francis Xavier, who traveled to India and Japan to proclaim the Good News; by means of praying, like St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who never left the convent of Lisieux in France, but offered her prayers and sufferings for the missionaries; and by means of providing for the material needs of the missions. 3. BAPTIZE: The first sacrament to be administered is Baptism, which makes us children of God; and should be followed by the other six sacraments.
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8. THE ASCENSION 0F JESUS: What is the difference between assumption and ascension?
The assumption is the act of being The ascension is the act of going up to brought up into Heaven, body and soul, Heaven by ones own by the power of God: this was the case power: this case refers of Enoch, Elijah, and of the Virgin Mary.
exclusively to Jesus.

ENOCH

ELIJAH

MARY

JESUS
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9. THE ASCENSION 0F JESUS: Why did the risen Lord remain on earth for 40 days?
1. To prove that he had truly risen, as it is written: He presented himself alive to them by many proofs (Acts 1:3). 2. To prepare the Apostles for the task of continuing his mission, as it is written: Jesus was taken up, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles (Acts 1:2).
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10. JESUS SITS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD: What happened to Jesus after his ascension?

After ascending into Heaven, Jesus sat at the right hand of God the Father. As the Gospel proclaims: The Lord Jesus was taken up into Heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19).
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11. JESUS SITS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD:


What is the meaning of sitting at the right hand?
To seat at the right hand is an idiomatic expression that means to have full trust and authority. In antiquity, the prime minister used to seat at the right hand of the king. The custom arose from the fact that the right arm was a symbol of power, because kings carried their swords on the right side. To profess that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father means that he has the absolute power to carry out all his commands.
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12. JESUS SITS AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD: What is Jesus doing in Heaven?
Jesus Christ in Heaven intercedes constantly for us, as professed by St. Paul: Jesus Christ is at the right hand of God and indeed intercedes for us (Romans 8:34). We can reach him anytime we pray, and especially during the Eucharist, as he said: Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20).
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