The Ascension of Jesus Christ - 40 days after Pascha

The Ascension of Christ is celebrated exactly forty days after the Resurrection and recalls Christ's ascension into Heaven, an event witnessed by the eleven Apostles after Jesus had commanded them to  await the coming of the Holy Spirit before leaving Jerusalem to preach the Gospel to the world.

These events are recounted in

The Gospel of St Mark 16:14-19

The Gospel of Luke 24:50-51 and

The Acts of the Apostles 1:9-12
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;

11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
In the Ascension Gods final plan for mankind is revealed, our eventual reunion with God, Theosis for with Christ's Ascension mankind's nature also ascends.

Troparion 
O Christ God,
You have ascended in Glory,
Granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured That You are the Son of God,
The Redeemer of the world!
Kontakion
O Christ God, You have ascended in Glory,
Granting joy to Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Through the blessing they were assured That You are the Son of God,
The Redeemer of the world!
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