St Ephrem the Syrian on the Ascension. St Athanasius explains the Psalms referring to the Ascension.

Do you see then to what height of glory human nature has been raised? Is it not from earth to heaven? Is it not from corruption to incorruption? … St Ephrem

On this account it foretells his bodily ascension into heaven, and says in Psalm 23, “Lift up your gates, you princes and be lifted up, you everlasting doors, and the king of glory shall come in.” And in the forty-sixth, “God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with a sound of a trumpet. … St. Athanasius of Alexandria

Ascension of Christ. 11 Questions and Answers.

What significance does the event of the Ascension of Jesus Christ have for the Christian? We should understand why we celebrate any feast, and its inner meaning.

In the gospel reading for liturgy on the Ascension, two gifts are mentioned by Christ. One is given and one is promised. What are they? Comment on their importance and meaning for a Christian.

What mountain did Christ ascend from? How will this mountain be involved in another, cataclysmic event?

There is a significant occurrence in the Ascension story that can only be understood in the context of the church, and the absolute need for apostolic succession of bishops and priests. This occurrence, properly understood, should cause everyone who trusts his own interpretation of the bible outside of the context of a visible, authoritative and dogmatic church to flee from his false, individual understanding and seek out the church.

What is this occurrence? Comment on it, and try to specify other scriptures which point out or support this critical Christian teaching.

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