June 2, 2022

How Mount Athos Monks Greet Each Other on the Feast of the Ascension

"During this period we are celebrating the Divine Ascension. The Holy Fathers called it the foremost of the Despotic Feasts. For this reason we greet each other along the road with this beautiful phrase: 'Christ has ascended!' (Αναλήφθηκε ο Χριστός) and the Christian replies: 'I also have ascended!' (Αναλήφθηκα κι εγώ)."

- Archimandrite Gregorios Archipelagites,
Abbot of the Monastery of Docheiariou