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QUESTION 1

What significance does the event of the Ascension of Jesus Christ have for the Christian? The Orthodox should understand why they celebrate a feast, and it's inner meaning.

QUESTION 2

There is an important account of the ascension in the scriptures that is not in the gospels. Where is it? The story involves angels. How? Describe how a cloud was involved.

QUESTION 3

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.

QUESTION 4

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

QUESTION 5

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.

QUESTION 6

What commemoration is the day before Ascension? Explain.

QUESTION 7

How long is the feast of the Ascension?

QUESTION 8

What, in general terms, is the Typicon for the services of the Ascension? List all the books needed to serve the services completely. Where may one obtain the main texts for the Ascension in English?

QUESTION 9

Detail the differences between the services of the Ascension and those of a "regular" Sunday.

QUESTION 10

Detail the differences between the services of the Ascension and those of a "regular" weekday..





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