Today we hear the Gospel from Saint Matthew Chapter 8 verses 5-13, about the centurion who approached Jesus as he entered into the city of Capernaum. The Centurion entreated the Lord to heal his servant who was paralyzed and unable to move. The centurion did not ask Jesus to visit his house; rather, he asked the Lord to give the “word” and he believed his servant would be healed.
On the sixth Sunday following Pascha, the Church commemorates the Feast of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council held in Nicea in 325 AD. Through these Holy Fathers of the Church, God has given us the Creed of Our Faith, better known as the Nicene Creed.
On the Thursday of the sixth week of Pascha, we in the Orthodox Church celebrate the Ascension of our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ. This Feast, one of the Twelve Great Feastdays of the ecclesiastical year, is based on the Gospel of Luke 24:50-53 and the Book of Acts 1:1-12 which speaks of this event 40 days after Pascha.