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      Feasts of the Season Spring 2018
The Ascension of the Lord – Is it on Thursday or Sunday?
Traditionally, the Church has celebrated the feast of the Ascension of the Lord on a Thursday,
exactly 40 days after Easter. This day, May 10 this year, was chosen because Scripture tells us that the Ascension of Jesus took place 40 days after Easter. Luke writes in the Acts of the Apostles: “He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had su ered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (1:3).
Church authorities in most parts of the United States have chosen to move this feast to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 13 this year.*
The Ascension of the Lord is an important part of the Easter story. Whether you live in a place that celebrates on Thursday or Sunday, this holy and joyful feast is a time for remembering Jesus’ joyful leave-taking of his followers after 40 happy days together. Jesus’ followers were probably very sad to see him go, but his promises o ered hope. He told them to stay in Jerusalem and wait there for the promise of the Father. He said: “ a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit” (Acts 1:5). The disciples were also assured that Jesus will return some day (see Acts 1:11).
When you go to Mass on this feast, whether it be on Thursday or Sunday, think about Acts 1:11 and Mark 16:15–20. Both are eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ glorious Ascension to his Father. Also notice when you pray the Apostles’ Creed that you are a rming your belief in the Ascension with these words: “He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.”
                                            *The archdioceses of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia celebrate the Ascension of the Lord on Thursday, May 10 this year.
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