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Acts of the Apostles 1:1-8 (§1)

Sunday of Pascha

In my first account, Theophilus, I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught until the day he was taken up to heaven, having first instructed the apostles he had chosen through the Holy Spirit.  In the time after his suffering he showed them in many convincing ways that he was alive, appearing to them over the course of forty days and speaking to them about the reign of God. On one occasion when he met with them, he told them not to leave Jerusalem: “Wait, rather, for the fulfillment of my Father’s promise, of which you have heard me speak.  John baptized with water, but within a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”  While they were with him they asked, “Lord, are you going to restore the rule to Israel now?”  His answer was: “The exact time it is not yours to know.  The Father has reserved that to himself.  You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes down on you; then you are to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, yes, even to the ends of the earth.” 

Text from the New American Bible (1970).

Note: the 1979 and 2011 Epistle books incorrectly include verses 9: "No sooner had he said this than he was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took him from their sight.  "