On the Feast of the Ascension, from the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops
"Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, Which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven." The Acts of the Apostles 1:11
"I believe ... He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end." The Symbol of Faith
On this great feast of the glorious Ascension into heaven of the God-Man, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we send our paternal blessings and prayerful best wishes for very happy feast to the Reverend Priests, the Deacons in Christ, the Monastics, and all pious and Christ-loving Orthodox Faithful. We also take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your God-pleasing prayers by which the second annual Assembly of Bishops - held in Chicago, Illinois from May 25th through 27th - was mightily blessed. Once again, thank you, and a very happy feast.
The Members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America