The risen one ascends to heaven. He left the Blessed Mother and the apostles on earth.
On the highest elevation of the Mount of Olives, where the Church of the Assumption (a mosque since 1198) was located, is the place where Christ was lifted up from the earth in front of the apostles' eyes and taken up by a cloud that hid him from their sight. Mary is considered here as the pillar and the foundation of the church, the axis that connects the earth with heaven, where Christ is received on a throne under the angelic powers. On earth the angels reprimand the apostles.
The feast of Ascension is celebrated in the liturgy of the Orthodox Church as a solemn festival. The date of the solemn festival depends on the date of the movable Easter festival. The earliest possible date is April 30th, the latest June 3rd.
There are 12 apostles on the icon. Actually, there should be 11 apostles, since Judas had already hanged himself and the new 12th apostle (Matthias) has not yet been elected.
Russian icon | Ascension of Christ | 24785
Original antique Russian orthodox icon
Certificate of authenticity from an independent expert
43 x 40.5 cm (16.9 x 15.9 in)
Ikonen Mautner, Herrengasse 2-4, 1010 Vienna, Austria