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In the temple of the Great Ascension held a festive worship service

June 1 2006

Today the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II on the occasion of the Ascension celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the metropolitan church of the Assumption Big Nikitsky Gate.

Ascension - one of the twelve great Christian festivals, which traditionally falls on Thursday, as noted on the fortieth day after Easter.

According to legend, 40 days after His Resurrection, Jesus Christ was the last time came the disciples, promising them a quick revelation of the land of the Holy Spirit. Then the Savior led his disciples from Jerusalem to the Mount of Olives, he blessed them, rising into the sky and disappeared behind the clouds.

This event ended the earthly ministry of Christ, who in his face bore a human nature to the throne of God the Father, and so prepared her to take the Holy Spirit, reported Interfax .

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