Feast of the Ascension in Armenia Date in the current year: May 5, 2016

Feast of the Ascension in Armenia The Feast of the Ascension is one of the ecumenical feasts (universally celebrated) of Christian churches. In the Armenian Apostolic Church it is also known as the Feast of Holy Ascension or Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ascension Day marks the ascent of Jesus Christ into heaven on the fortieth day after his resurrection. The timing is clearly stated in the Acts of the Apostles, therefore every Christian church celebrates the Feast of the Ascension 39 days after Easter.

Despite being part of Oriental Orthodoxy, the Armenian Apostolic Church uses the Gregorian calendar rather then Julian. That is why Ascension Day in Armenia falls on the same day as the Feast of Ascension in Western Christian churches.

In the Armenian Church, there is another reason to commemorate Ascension Day. On this date in 1441, the throne of the Catholicos of All Armenians was returned to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in the city of Vagharshapat after a thousand years of being settled in various cities throughout the country.

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