The Ascension of our Lord
Virgin-martyr Pelagia of Tarsus in Asia Minor (ca. 290).
Hieromartyr Erasmus, bishop of Formia in Campania, and 20,000 martyrs with him (303). Hieromartyr Olbian, bishop of Anaea, and his disciples, in the province of Asia in Asia Minor (304). Hieromartyr Silvanus of Gaza and with him 40 martyrs (311). Translation of the relics of the Alfanov brothers of Novgorod: Sts. Nicetas, Cyril, Nicephorus, Clement, and Isaac, founders of the Sokolnitzki Monastery (14th c.-15th c.).
Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos “Staraya Russa.” (1570)
Martyrs Florian and 40 companions, at Lorsch, Austria (304). Martyrs Aphrodisius, Leontius, Anthony, Melda (Meles), Valerian, Macrobius, and others, at Scythopolis of Palestine (4th c.). St. Monica of Tagaste (mother of Blessed Augustine) (387). St. Ethelred, king of Mercia and monk (716). St. Nicephorus, abbot and founder of Medikion Monastery (813). St. Athanasius, bishop of Corinth (10th c.-11th c.). St. Nicephorus the Hesychast, of Mt. Athos (1340). 4,000–5,000 New Martyrs of Batak (Bulgaria) (1876). New Hieromartyr Dimitry (Lyubimov), archbishop of Gdov (1935). St. Hilary the Wonderworker.
Thursday. Ascension. [Acts 1:1–12; Luke
Saint Paul expresses the power of the
Lord’s Ascension in this manner: When he ascended
up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto
men (Eph. 4:8). Having satisfied God’s
righteousness, the Lord opened for us all the treasures of
God’s goodness. This is indeed a capturing or taking
of spoils after victory. The beginning of the distribution
of these spoils to people is the descent of the Holy
Spirit, Who, having descended, always abides in the Church
and gives everyone that which he needs, receiving all from
that captive captivity (cf. Eph 4:8). Come everyone and
take. But prepare for yourself guardian of that treasure,
which is a pure heart; have hands to take it, which is
unreflecting faith. Then step forth searching hopefully,
and praying relentlessly.