Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

The Ascension in the Lateran Reliquarium (6th century A.D.)

The Ascension in the Lateran Reliquarium

Four angels are lifting our Lord Jesus into heaven, while he sits in a "mandorla", symbol of his divine glory. Jesus leaves on earth , for the sake of all of us his disciples, his beloved mother the Virgin Mary (the central figure in praying attitude), together with the apostles (the two groups of six men). The biblical account does not mention the presence of Mary at Jesus' Ascension--what some of the apocryphal books actually do. However in the book of Acts (1,12-14) we read that the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, and "devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus".

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