Wednesday, May 16, 2018

"Strange and awesome is Your divine Ascension..."

The Holy Ascension of Christ (source)
Strange is Your Nativity, strange is Your Resurrection, strange and awesome is Your divine Ascension from the mountain, O Giver of Life, which was depicted before by Elijah's ascent in the chariot, hymning You, O Lover of Man.

O, the gifts surpassing description! O awesome mystery! For He Who is the Master of all is lifted from the earth to the heavens, in order to send down upon the Disciples the Holy Spirit, to enlighten their minds, and make them fiery through grace.
-Excerpts from the Matins Canons of the Feast of the Ascension.
The Ascension of Christ, detail (source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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