Thursday of this week is Ascension Day. The statue in the All Souls’ Chapel commemorates this Feast. The statue is called Christ Ascending. It was made by Laura Facey-Cooper, and was dedicated by Bishop Spence on Ascension Day, May 24, 2001. Ascension Day falls forty days after Easter day, and it commemorates Christ’s last visible appearance to his followers. It is one of the most universally celebrated Feast days, and is one of the earliest Christian Feasts, dating back to as early as the fourth century. The first of the three collects for the Day alludes to Bible verses such as Ephesians 4:10 and Matthew 28:20. Together, they speak of Christ’s glorification and of his abiding presence. These themes are to be repeated on Whitsunday.