The Ascension (2011)

Throughout the whole period between the Resurrection and the Ascension, God’s providence was at work to instill this one lesson into the hearts of the Disicples, to set this one truth before their eyes, that our Lord Jesus Christ, who was truly born, truly suffered and truly died, should be recognized as truly Risen from the dead. The blessed Apostles together with all the others had been intimidated by the catastrophe of the Cross, and their faith in the Resurrection had been uncertain; but now they were so strengthened by the evident truth that when their Lord Ascended into heaven, far from feeling any sadness, they were filled with great joy. Indeed that blessed company had a great and inexpressible cause for joy when it saw man’s nature rising above the dignity of the whole heavenly creation, above the ranks of angels, above the exalted status of archangels. Nor would there be any limit to its upward course until humanity was admitted to a seat at the right hand of the eternal Father, to be enthroned at last in the glory of Him to whose nature it was wedded in the person of the Son.”    (St.Leo the Great in the Synaxarion of the Lenten Triodion and Pentecostarion, pgs. 214-215)