Monday, 21 May 2012
Ascension Thursday Sunday
I noticed this name for Sunday's feast in the OF on Father Z's blog last week (and there is more about it on today's blog). I thought that this was a good name for Sunday's feast and so I put the name on my Weekly Bulletin which I produced for Sunday. I explained to my congregation at each of my Masses that since Thursday was the proper day for the feast of the Ascension that this was a good name for the transferred feast. We had just read in both the 'English' Mass and the Latin Mass that Our Lord had spent forty days, not forty-three days, with his Apostles. The tradition of celebrating the Ascension on the Thursday goes back to the time of the Apostles themselves - this is a long tradition of the Church. Some people, I said, do not care for the Church's traditions, but I love them - they are where we come from, and they have made us what we are. I added that I hoped that the Bishops would soon give us back this ancient tradition of celebrating the Ascension on its proper day. Thursday!