Every year 40 days after Easter, on Thursday of the 6th week after Easter, the entire Orthodox world celebrates one of the great feasts of the Church year is Ascension.
The name of the holiday reflects the essence of the event is the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ, the completion of His earthly Ministry. The number 40 is not random, but meaningful. It was the time of the great feats. And now the fortieth day after the Resurrection, after the new birth, Jesus Christ had to enter the heavenly temple of the Father as the Savior of mankind. Defeating death is the terrible consequence of sin, and thereby giving the opportunity to rise in glory, he ascended in His Person human nature, including the human body. Thus the Lord revealed to everyone the opportunity for the General Resurrection to ascend to the Supreme abode of light to the very Throne of the Almighty. About the event of the ascension tell us evangelists mark and Luke, especially the detail, you can read about it in the book of Acts in Chapter 1.
In 2018 Orthodox Christians 17 may is celebrated the feast of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. This transitional holiday – date changes depending on date of Easter because the Ascension is celebrated on the 40th day after the Resurrection of Christ. The ascension is always celebrated on Thursday, informs Rus.Media.