Bishops' Feast at Ascension Day (Video)
On June 6, 2019, Thursday, the Day of the Ascension of the Lord, the Most Holy Bishop Simeon (Zinkevich) led the Divine Liturgy of St. St. John Chrysostom in the central diocesan temple in honor of the icon of the Mother of God "Unexpected Joy".
During the Divine Liturgy, the Archpastor and his people prayed to the Lord for the gift of peace to the Ukrainian state.
The divine consecration of sub-deacon Andrew Marchuk was performed at the service.
In conclusion, Bishop Simeon delivered a cautionary message on the theme of the holiday.
About the holiday:
As the scripture testifies, after the Resurrection exactly forty days, the Lord Jesus Christ continued to appear in a visible way to His disciples, instructing them, and sharing with them joy and food. On the fortieth day, Christ ascended into heaven. In doing so, the Savior promised to remain on earth until the end of the age.
This event took place on the Mount of Olives near Jerusalem. The apostles and the Virgin were witnesses of the ascension of Christ, as is told in the Gospels of Mark and Luke, and in the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
Ascended into the flesh in heaven, the Lord did not leave the earth, but with His Divine Presence he became even closer to man, to all who believe in Him. Today, He is on earth not only in His omnipresent Divinity, but also in the great sacrament of the Eucharist, the Divine Body and Blood of Him, worshiped by the faithful. The glorious Ascension of the Savior to heaven was the continuation and completion of His glorification in the man who began Christmas. The ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven opens the way for all believers in Him to heaven, to eternal life, just as His death and resurrection were victories over sin and death for all mankind.
St. John Chrysostom in his sermon on the Ascension says: “Today, the human race is completely reconciled to God. Gone is the old fight and enmity. We, being unworthy of living on earth, are ascended to heaven. Today we become the heirs of the kingdom of heaven. We, not being worthy and earthly, go out to heaven and inherit the throne of the King and Lord. And the human nature, before which the cherub defended paradise, is now exalted above every cherub. "