ASCENSION

           And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that theyshould not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which,saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shallbe baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore werecome together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restoreagain the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to knowthe times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shallreceive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnessesunto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermostpart of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, hewas taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they lookedstedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in whiteapparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in likemanner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Then returned they unto Jerusalem fromthe mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey. Andwhen they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter,and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew,James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women,and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.

(Acts 1:4-15)

Kontakion

          When Thou didst fulfill Thy dispensation for our sake, uniting things on earth with the heavens, Thou didst ascend in glory, O Christ our God, departing not hence, but remaining inseparable from us, and crying unto them that love Thee, I am with you, and no one shall be against you.

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