On the fortieth day after Easter, which is on May 28 in 2020, Eastern Rite Christians celebrate the twentieth feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ to the heaven or the Ascension of the Lord. The ascension completes the salvation of Christ after death and rebirth. In the spiritual aspect, it is a celebration of hope to meet the Lord during His second coming.
The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated in the memory of the ascension of Jesus to heaven. Biblical proclamations say that after his earthly death Jesus talked with the apostles in the image of man for forty days, teaching them, and then, along with them, he went down to Mount of Olives near Jerusalem, where he blessed the disciples and ascended.
Ten days after the ascension, the Holy Spirit came to the earth, who gave the apostles spiritual power that they needed to preach Christ's teachings.
In the spiritual aspect, Ascension is a celebration of hope for meeting with the Lord during His second coming. According to the Scriptures, when Jesus Christ ascended into heaven, the apostles saw two angels, who told them that there would be the second coming of the Savior to the earth, “He will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
How it is marked?
It is a long-standing tradition that within all 40 days starting from Easter and till Ascension of the Lord the gates of hell and heaven remained open. During this period the souls of dead saints can walk on earth and the souls of sinners do not feel damnation.
On the eve of the holiday, churches serve all-night vigil. A solemn liturgy takes place on Ascension of the Lord day.
On this day, the church recommends paying special attention to charity. Earlier, people were putting coins on windowsills for the poor. They used to put plates with food, water, and milk near the doors. As a ruled, they put boiled eggs, baked potato, flatbreads.
In addition, on the Ascension, women baked bread-ladders. It was believed that such dishes would help the souls of ancestors to ascend to heaven sooner. The bread was taken to the cemetery and in the fields so that rye and flax grew higher to the sky. Our ancestors threw baked bread from the roof and saw how many pieces it broke to: it was believed that this is a number of sins of this person.
On the Ascension, people would go to the church and pray for prosperity and health. Oon this day, before going down to heaven, the Lord, as it is believed, hears all requests of people and fulfills them. Also on this holiday people would apologize to everyone with whom they quarreled.