And the Angel said to the women,
"Do not be afraid, for I know that
you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.
He is not here;
He has risen, just as he said.
- Gospel of St. Matthew 28:5-6
The period from Holy Easter to the Sunday of Pentecost is a special 50-day period in the Armenian Orthodox Church. The first 40 days of Eastertide is primarily dedicated to the mystery of the resurrected Savior's encounters with his Apostles and followers and culminates with the Feast of the Holy Ascension, which commemorates our Lord's ascent into heaven. It is during this period that the faithful greet each other with the good news, "Christ is risen from the dead!", and the response of, "Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ!"
The Feast of the Holy Ascension is always celebrated on the Thursday of the sixth week after Easter (this year, May 9th).
Pentecost is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter (a Sunday ten days after the Ascension). It commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles in the Upper Room in the form of tongues of fire, granting power and grace to them and the ability to communicate the Holy Gospel — the good news — for the establishment of the Christian Church.
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