The Ascension of our Lord
St. Epiphanius, bishop of Cyprus (403). St. Germanus, patriarch of Constantinople (740). Glorification of St. Hermogenes, patriarch of Moscow and all Russia (1913).
St. Sabinus, archbishop of Cyprus (5th c.). St. Polybius of Cyprus, bishop of Rinokyr in Egypt (5th c.). New Martyr John of Wallachia, at Constantinople (1662). St. Dionysius of Radonezh (1633), and St. Anthony (Medvedev) (1877), archimandrites, of St. Sergius Lavra. Holy Georgian Martyrs of Persia (17th-18th c.). Second translation of the relics of Righteous Symeon of Verkhoturye (1992). Synaxis of the Saints of the Sofroniev-Molchensk Monastery (Ukraine): Archimandrite Theodosius (Maslov), Hieromonk Serapion, Monk Sophronius (Batovrin), and Novice Sergius (Tikhonov), fool-for-Christ.
New Martyr Athanasia (Lepeshkin), abbess of the Smolensk Hodigitria Convent near Moscow (1931).
Martyr Pancratius of Rome (304). St. Philip of Agira, Sicily (5th c.). St. Theodore of Cythera, monk (922). New Martyr John of Serres (15th-16th c.).
Commemoration of Monk Dorotheus, disciple of St. Dionysius of St. Sergius Lavra (1622).
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.