The sixth Sunday of Pascha, May 28,2023 is dedicated to the memory of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, which was held in the year 325 AD. Through these Fathers, God has given us the Symbol of our Faith, The Nicene Creed.
There is a direct correlation between the Feast of Feasts Pascha and the First Ecumenical Council, for the Council confessed proclaimed and affirmed Christ as having the same essence and honor as the Father, for Christ having put on our human flesh, accomplished the work of salvation and ascended to the throne of the Father. The Fathers placed this Sunday just after the Ascension of Our Lord to bear witness to the fact that the Son of God truly became man and being perfect man and perfect God, ascended into heaven and sat at the right hand of the Majesty on High. (Heb. 1:3)
Even in the hymnography of the Church, the two Feasts, the Ascension and the Sunday of the Fathers are intertwined, especially in the Dismissal Hymn of the Ascension. This Sunday is a Festal Commemoration of the Nicene Creed formulated by illustrious saints, such as, St. Nicholas of Myra, St. Athanasios the Great and St. Spyridon among others.
May Almighty God manifested in the Holy Trinity continue to watch over us as we strive to follow the Incarnate Word!