Thursday, May 5th - the fortieth day after Holy Easter
The Feast of Holy Ascension marks the ascent of our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven on the 40th day after His glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday. He spent this time period teaching his disciples what they would need to do to fulfill their roles as Apostles.
“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem:
‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ ”
|Detail of the icon of the Holy Ascension of Christ adorning the north wall at Sts. Vartanantz Church in Chelmsford. A gift from Rachel Stepanian of Nashua, NH in 1985, the icon stretches 32 feet high and reflects the ancient orthodox motif of covering the walls of churches with icons of the saints and Bibilical scenes. The hanging vigil lamp - gantegh - of the Holy Ascenstion is a gift of George Simonian in memory of his wife Lucy.|