Here is the icon of the Ascension of Jesus which I finished drawing on the weekend.
The Ascension is the second mystery of the five Glorious Mysteries.
The story goes that after the Resurrection of Jesus, he presented himself to his disciples and many others for the next 40 days. Evidently many people saw him and spent time with him and listened to him speak -- all clear evidence of his Resurrection.
Then at the end of the 40 days, he led his disciples, including his mother, to the outskirts of Jerusalem. As they walked, Jesus talked to them about the coming of his kingdom, telling them that they shouldn't worry about it as no one will ever know the day or the hour when the end will come. So we should always be ready.
When he had finished speaking, as the disciples were watching, Jesus was lifted up and a cloud took him out of their sight. He ascended into the sky and disappeared from view.
Everyone stood there gazing up into the sky when suddenly they noticed that two men in white were standing among them. These two men (angels perhaps) asked them why they were standing there when Jesus had told them already that he would return when the time was right.
So, the disciples returned to Jerusalem as Jesus had told them to in order to wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit.
In my drawing, you see Jesus ascending while the disciples and the Blessed Mother watch him. Our Lady has her arms outstretched as she knows she will not see her Son again this side of Heaven. You can also see the two men in white standing among the apostles.
I tried to make some of the apostles recognizable: Peter and John are behind Our Lady while the bearded man in front of her might be Andrew or James. I felt as though it was likely Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, as I was drawing him.
Just a couple of more drawings now and my Rosary icons will be complete!
Keep warm and have a peaceful night.