The Ascension of our Lord
St. Nicetas the Confessor, bishop of Chalcedon, with his kinsmen Sts. Nicetas and Ignatius (9th c.) St. Ignatius, bishop and wonderworker of Rostov (1288). St. Helen (Manturova), nun of Diveyevo (1832).
Hieromartyr Eutychius, bishop of Melitene (1st c.). Martyr Heliconis of Thessalonica (244). St. Germanus, bishop of Paris (576). Hieromartyr Helladius, bishop (6th c.-7th c.). St. Gerontius, metropolitan of Moscow (1489). Blessed Domnica (Likvinenko), ascetic, of Kherson (1967).
New Hieromartyrs Macarius (Morzhov), hieromonk of Zosima Hermitage (Smolensk), and Dionysius (Petushkov), hieroschemamonk of the St. Nilus of Stolobny Hermitage (Tver) (1931). New Confessor Heraclius (Motyakh), schemamonk, of Turkistan (1936). New Hiero-confessor Rodion (Fyodorov), archimandrite, of the Holy Trinity–St. Sergius Lavra (1933).
Martyrs Crescens, Paul, and Dioscorides, of Rome (326). St. Alexander, bishop of Thessalonica (4th c.). St. William, monastic founder, of Gellone (Gaul) (812). St. Sophronius, monk, of Bulgaria (1510). New Martyr Mitros (Demetrius) of Tripolitsa (1794). Blessed Andrew, fool-for-Christ, of Constantinople (911) New Hieromartyr Zachariah, priest of Prusa (1802).
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.