On this the seventh Sunday after Pascha, the Church celebrates the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea in 325 AD. Through these Father’s and Doctors of the Church, God has given as the Creed of our faith, better known as the Nicene Creed, which we still recite and sing in our churches in the context of our liturgies and baptisms.
On the Thursday of the Sixth week after Pascha, we in the Orthodox Faith celebrate the Great Feast of the Ascension of our Lord and God. The Feast marks the end of Christ’s post resurrection appearances, for it signifies the enthronement of Jesus Christ as our Lord who exercises sovereignty over all things.
This sermon was preached by the Rev. Pishtey on the “Church on of the Air” radio program sponsored by the Columbia Broadcasting System on April 12, 1953 (Saint Thomas Sunday). The Cappella Russian Male Chorus participated in the program which was broadcast coast-to-coast.