Ascension Thursday Sunday?
Posted by james0235 on May 1, 2008
In most of the world today is the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. However, in much of the U.S. the Ascension will not be celebrated today. Each Ecclesiastical Province has been given the option of celebrating the Ascension today – 40 days after Easter – or transferring it to this coming Sunday – the 7th Sunday of Easter. Most Provinces have transfered it. Only the dioceses located within the Ecclesiastical Provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Omaha have opted to celebrate the Feast on its traditional day.
Even though the diocese of Columbus (located within the Province of Cincinnati) has transferred the Feast to this coming Sunday and therefore today is not considered to be a Holy Day of Obligation, I will be attending a Mass for the Feast of the Ascension according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in just a couple of hours. And then this Saturday evening I will be attending a Mass for the Feast of the Ascension according to the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
You just can’t beat celebrating Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven twice in one week!