Today is the Feast of Pentecost which comes 50 days after Pascha. It was on this day God gave humanity the gift of the Spirit, the pledge of a new Promised land, God’s coming kingdom. The Risen Christ after his resurrection and at the Ascension told his followers to wait in Jerusalem for in a few days they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit for, “You will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:4-5,8)
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.