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Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ May 17, 2018

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Feast Day: May 17, 2018

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ is one of the Great Feasts of the Greek Orthodox Church and honors Jesus who was taken up to Heaven in his resurrected body, in the presence of eleven of his apostles.

The Ascension is celebrated on a Thursday each year on the 40th day after the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha (Πάσχα / Easter.) Since the date for Pascha changes each year, the date of the Feast of the Ascension changes.

The icon depicts Jesus in Heaven flanked by angels with his apostles below.

Video: Ascension Vesper Service, Greek Orthodox Church of Our Savior, Rye, New York


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