The 40th day after Easter symbolizes the ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven. The Eastern Christians celebrate this holiday on June 10 in 2021. The ascension ends the redemption of Jesus after the death and revival. It is a holiday of hope to meet God during the Second Coming.
The history of the holiday
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 the spiritual power that they needed to preach Christ's teachings.
In the spiritual aspect, Ascension is a celebration of hope for meeting with God 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.”
Traditions and celebration
The Ascension of Jesus is celebrated during 10 days: June 9 is prefeast; the same day, according to the church calendar, the leavetaking of the Easter; June 10 is the holiday of the Ascension and the next eight days are after-feast ending with the leavetaking.
On the eve of the holiday, the churches serve an all-night vigil and the solemn liturgy is held on Ascension Day.
It was considered that during all 40 days, starting from Easter and ending with the Ascension, the gates of hell and heaven are opened. During this period of time, the souls of deceased righteous people can stay on the Earth; while the souls of the unrighteous do not suffer from the tortures of the damned.
It is used to visit the church, pray about wellness and health on this day. It is considered that this day, God listens to the requests of people and fulfills them. Besides, this day, it is necessary to ask forgiveness of everyone with whom a person at issue.
On this day, people also should pay special attention to charity.