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The Ascension of the Lord - June 12, 2016

posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:39 PM by SaintRaphael WebAdmin   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 9:45 PM ]

On June 12, we marked the Ascension of Our Lord to Heaven. Both the Epistle and the Gospel dealt with the Ascension - He walked with the Apostles to Bethany, and raised his hands to bless them, and was carried up to Heaven. Ascension is how we enter into God's Kingdom - otherwise, we are left on earth. 

When Christ ascended, He did not ascend as He came down: He took with Him His human body, mind, and soul, but no sin. Throughout all His earthly ministry, Christ in His humility did not use His Divine attributes, but in the Ascension, He did use His Divine powers. There were few witnesses to His Resurrection, and likewise few witnesses to His Ascension. All His victories came through humility. He gave instructions to His Apostles to do two things: pray and fast to be ready for the Holy Spirit, and go and make disciples of all nations. He promised in John Chapter 14 to "prepare a place for you, so where I am, you can also be."

After the Liturgy, we honored our 3 High School graduates: Nina, Nahom, and Sirak


Father Tom reads the Eothinon Gospel during MatinsThe Great EntranceThe Offering of the GiftsHonoring our graduates

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