Christ’s Ascension and Our Ascension

“Today [Christ] our first-fruits has ascended into Heaven. He who assumed our flesh is risen to the Father’s throne, so as to consummate the slaves’ reconciliation, abolish the old enmity and grant the earthly humankind peace with the Heavenly host. Today, we have won victory over demons, we have won the prize… Let us all rejoice, looking at the first-fruits of our race seated on high, and to our humanity [in Christ] which has ascended to the throne at the right hand of God… We who were previously unworthy of the earth, today have ascended into Heaven. Our nature which was not considered worthy of paradise has now been raised to the first seat in Heaven, and [we who were] a toy in the hands of the demons are now being worshipped [in the person of Christ] by the angels and the hosts on high.” St. John Chrysostom, Homily on The Ascension, PG 52, 793.

It is we today we who have ascended in Christ and who have been seated with Him at the right hand of the Father. Christ, the Good Shepherd, has come to find that lost sheep which was humanity and carried all of us back to the Fatherly bosom which He inhabits from all eternity. We too can share in this as sons and daughters as will be made the case in our adoption on The Feast of Pentecost. Let us remember that this is what we will sing as well in the well known Asomen hymn.

“He made the two become one, that is, the heaven and the earth. He ascended into the heavens and sent us the Paraclete, the Spirit of Truth. Amen alleluia”

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