The Ascension of our Lord. Tone five. Holy Georgian Martyrs of Persia (17th-18th c.) (movable holiday on the day of the Holy Ascension) (Georgia).
St. Epiphanius, bishop of Cyprus (403). St. Germanus, patriarch of Constantinople (740). Glorification (1913) of Hieromartyr Hermogenes (1612) the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
A Joyous Feast of the Ascension to all!
Troparion of the Feast.
Thou didst ascend into glory, O Christ our God, having gladdened Thy disciples with the promise of the Holy Spirit; and they were assured by the blessing that Thou art the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.
Do you see then to what height of glory human nature has been raised? Is it not from earth to heaven? Is it not from corruption to incorruption? How hard would not someone toil in order to become the intimate friend of a corruptible king here below? But we, although we were alienated and hostile in our intent by evil deeds, have not only been reconciled to God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, but we have also soared aloft to sonship, and now our nature is worshipped in the heavens by every creature seen and unseen.
St Ephrem – Catechesis 7 ( found at St Nicholas Orthodox Church McKinney, Texas)