Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou
‘God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.’
The Ascension is the last event in Christ’s earthly life. Of course, Pentecost is the fulfilment of God’s dispensation, which is why is called ‘the last feast’. God the Father was well pleased to see man as he had conceived him before the foundation of the world and sent the Holy Spirit to the world to seal man’s reconciliation with God. In the person of Jesus Christ, God received all mankind, the ‘middle wall of partition’ broke down and all divergences converged. This feast’s magnificent splendour rests in the fact that when Christ ascends to heaven, when Christ ascends to heaven, He lifts up to the throne of God’s glory this spotless and undefiled human nature which was bestowed upon Him by the Holy Virgin and in which the incomprehensible love of the Father without beginning was also revealed.
Christ ‘descended first into the lower parts of…