Ascension Thursday

Ascension by Salvador Dali

The perspective of Dali's Ascension never fails to draw me in!  The earthy feet of the Risen Jesus ascending into heaven to reign for ever at the Father's right hand in the power of the Holy Spirit!

In my part of the vineyard the Ascension is still celebrated on Thursday of the sixth week of Easter (this year on May 25).  Much of the Catholic world, however, now celebrates this feast transferred to the Seventh Sunday of Easter.  In the US, the Ascension is celebrated on Thursday of the sixth week of Easter only in the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Omaha In all other US dioceses, the celebration of the Feast of the Ascension is transferred to the following Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Regardless of which day you celebrate the Ascension, the readings are the same and can be found, with brief commentary, here.  If you're bringing children to Mass with you, hints for helping them prepare to hear the Word are here.

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