Epistle Reading: Acts 1:1-12
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach.
until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the
Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by
many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking
of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to
depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which,"
He said, "you have heard from Me;
"for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "
Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?"
And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons
which the Father has put in His own authority.
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was
taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up,
behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into
heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so
come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven."
Then they returned to Jerusalem from the Mount called Olivet,
which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey.
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36-53
Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the
midst of them, and said to them, "Peace to you."
But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had
seen a spirit.
And He said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do doubts
arise in your hearts?
"Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me
and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have."
When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He
said to them, "Have you any food here?"
So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.
And He took it and ate in their presence.
Then He said to them, "These are the words which I spoke to
you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which
were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning
And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend
Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was
necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
"and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached
in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
"And you are witnesses of these things.
"Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry
in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His
hands and blessed them.
Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted
from them and carried up into heaven.
And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great
and were continually in the temple praising and blessing God.
Saints and Feasts
Acension; Hermias the Martyr at Comana; Eusebius and Haralambos the Monk-martyrs