The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ



The Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ



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The Ascension is a prophecy of things to come for those who love God and believe in Him in an Orthodox manner. Those who believe and live according to this belief will be in the heavens, in the flesh, with Him, just as He now abides in the Heavens in the flesh. Our flesh and souls will be saved, because Christ made human flesh capable of deification. We also call to mind the promise of the Holy Spirit, since Christ mentions this promise He had made before to them, and its advent is tied to His ascension thusly: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. {8} And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: {9} Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.” (John 16:7-11).

What Christ has done for human flesh and our souls is impossible to understand, but the church, with sweet melody, meditates with fervor and thanksgiving and precise theology in her services.

“O Christ, having taken upon thy shoulders our nature, which had gone astray, thou didst ascend and bring it unto God the Father” (Matins canon for the Ascension, Ode 7)

“Having raised our nature, which was deadened by sin, Thou didst bring it unto Thine own Father, O Savior”.

“Unto Him Who by His descent destroyed the adversary, and Who by His ascent raised up man, give praise O ye priests, and supremely exalt Him, O ye people, unto all the ages.” (Matins canon for the Ascension, Ode 8)

Since the disciples were “filled with great joy”, we who are Orthodox in belief and way of life should naturally be this way also, and should hasten to the temple. There we can meditate upon the magnificent truths and promises in the ascension by listening carefully to the divinely inspired theology, sung in sweet melody. If we pray with care, and expectation, having valued divine worship above our worldly cares, surely God will enlighten us and noetically teach us the true meaning of Christ’s Ascension.


Tone 4 Troparion

Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God,

granting joy to Thy Disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.

Through the blessing, they were assured

that Thou art the Son of God,//

the Redeemer of the world.

Tone 6 Kontakion



When Thou hadst fulfilled the dispensation for our sake,

and didst unite earth to heaven:

Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God,

not being parted from those who love Thee,

but remaining with them and crying://

“I am with you, and there is no one against you!”

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