Feast of Ascension
Wednesday, May 20 - Vespers for the Feast of Ascension
Vespers 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m
Thursday, May 21 - Fesast of Ascension
Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m
The Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday, the fortieth day in the Holy Fifty Days. It is considered one of the Seven Major Feasts of the Lord. On this day, the Lord ascended by His divine power to Heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father. Following His resurrection, the Lord prepared His disciples for the service of preaching and did so for a period of thirty-nine days. He also taught them about the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. By his resurrection, He gave humanity the most precious spiritual gift - living once more with God. He gave our human nature a spiritual garment to prepare us for the eternal life, free from pains, suffering, and sins of the body. After He revealed the nature of this new body through His frequent appearances, and had guided the disciples in the way of service, He ascended to Heaven, declaring to them their readiness in serving Him. The disciples thereafter prayed and praised God as they waited to receive the Holy Spirit. Consequently, they set out to preach in the Name of Jesus Christ in all the corners of the world.
Feast of Pentecost
Saturday, May 30 - Vespers for the Feast of Pentecost
Vespers 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 31 - Feast of Pentecost
Divine Liturgy 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Prostration (Sagda) Prayers 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
On this day, the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples as tongues of fire, through which they were able to speak in different tongues and preach the news entrusted to them by our Lord Jesus Christ. This gift is the promise of the Father to the human race. After the Son reconciled the Father with the human race by giving Himself up as a sacrifice on the Holy Cross, and after giving our human body the capability of living with God through His Ascension, God the Father poured on us the grace and blessings of the Holy Spirit, allowing us to live by the Spirit with God while we’re still on earth.