I saw at the site of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, that Epiphany and Ascension Thursday, are to be celebrated on their proper days!
Although, they waffled a little with Epiphany.
No more Ascension Thursday Sunday in England.
As I wrote in my column the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald:
In some places the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord (it was a Thursday), has been transferred to Sunday, which makes it “Ascension Thursday Sunday”. The dislocation of such an important and ancient feast falls into the category of “Really Bad Idea”. The celebration of Ascension on Thursday is rooted in Scripture. It reflects the ancient practice of both the Eastern and Western Churches. Nine days, not six, intervened between the Lord’s physical ascent and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Speaking of blessings, we have lovely seasonal blessings in our Latin Church to confer at Epiphany. Keep in mind that real Epiphany remains on 6 January. Various bishops conferences have determined that you apparently have enough to do in your lives during the week and, hence, you shouldn’t have to rearrange anything quotidian to allow time to participate at Holy Mass. Ergo, they transfer your Epiphany obligation to Sunday, which is already a day of obligation. But I digress.
Fr. Z kudos to the Bishops and to the CDW.