The Feast of Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ

May 25, 2023

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension on Thursday, the fortieth day in the Holy Fifty Days. It is considered one of the Seven Major Feasts of the Lord. On this day, the Lord ascended by His divine power to Heaven and sat at the right hand of the Father.

The Coptic Orthodox Church celebrates on Thursday the day of the Ascension of Jesus, which took place forty days after Easter (the resurrection of Jesus), according to the Christian belief.

The Feast of the Ascension is one of 12 feasts celebrated by the Orthodox Church, as it marks the memory of the last time Jesus appeared to speak to his disciples after his death, according to the Christian belief.

Jesus spoke to his disciples several times during these forty days, and appeared to them at the Sea of Galilee. The last time was on the Mount of Olives, before he rose to the sky and disappeared behind the clouds, according to the Bible.

The Gospel mentioned the Ascension Day more than once in more than one place with slight variations in detail. It was mentioned in the Gospel of John and the Gospel of Luke.

During the Holy El-Khamasin, the Church celebrates the Holy Resurrection. The deacons and priests walk inside the Church carrying the image of Christ to celebrate the resurrection.

Fasting is prohibited during the period of the El-Khamasin, as it is a period of joy.

Pentecost is celebrated at the end of the Holy El-Khamasin, fifty days after the resurrection.