On my planet, this coming Sunday is the 7th Sunday after Easter, Ascension Thursday having fallen on Thursday.
In most places – not all – Ascension Thursday has been transferred to Sunday. The notion the bishops had was to expose more people to the mystery of the Lord’s Ascension. That may indeed occur, but in my opinion the transfer may reinforce an impression that these great feasts, important for our Catholic identity, aren’t compelling enough to inspire the planning and sacrifices required to go to Mass during the week.
Meanwhile, the Ascension of Our Lord, one of the great mysteries of the life of Christ, has been celebrated on the fortieth day after Easter (i.e., a Thursday) since the 4th century.
What’s up where you are?
In Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the Throne at 7 PM at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI. Extraordinary Form, of course!