The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

Prayer for Ascension Thursday

Thumbnail image for the ascension.jpg

Let us pray
[on this day of Ascension
as we watch and wait for Jesus’ return]

Father in heaven,
our minds were prepared
for the coming of your kingdom

when you took Christ beyond our sight

so that we might seek him in glory.

May we follow where he has led
and find our hope in his glory,

for he is Lord forever.

Opening Prayer for Ascension Thursday

Ascension Thursday homily from 2008
Comments read comments(7)
post a comment
Holy Cannoli

posted May 13, 2010 at 7:39 am

The Feast of the Ascension remains a Holy Day of Obligation throughout the United States. The day on which it is celebrated, however, varies. The 40th day after Easter Sunday is always a Thursday, and the feast has traditionally been celebrated on that Thursday. However, because attendance at Ascension Thursday Masses had been falling for years, the bishops of the United States, in accordance with **canon** law, petitioned the Vatican to allow the celebration to be transferred to the following Sunday.
The Vatican agreed. Today, only the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Omaha (the state of Nebraska) continue to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord on Thursday. The faithful in those provinces (an ecclesiastical province is basically one large archdiocese and the dioceses that are historically associated with it) are required, under the Precepts of the Church, to attend Mass on Ascension Thursday.
In the rest of the dioceses of the United States, the celebration of the Ascension has been transferred to the following Sunday (the 43rd day after Easter). That does not mean, however, that the Ascension is no longer a Holy Day of Obligation in those dioceses. Under the Precepts of the Church, every Sunday is a Holy Day of Obligation.

report abuse

Armiger Jagoe, J.C.

posted May 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

The Ascension is a wonderful joyful celebration, culinating Christ’s triumphant life on earth with the anticipation of our new life through the Holy Spirit.
Armiger Jagoe, J.C., editor of The Joyful Catholic

report abuse


posted May 13, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Thank you for the information and the little history with it

report abuse


posted March 18, 2011 at 5:38 am

Yesterday watched this movie and something pulled on thrills. Now playing poker Holdem poker download free

report abuse

Pingback: A Prayer for Ascension Thursday - Prayer, Plain and Simple

Pingback: Believers ascending in Christ consciousness | New Thought Ministries

Pingback: A Chant and Prayer for Ascension Thursday | The Chequer-board of Nights and Days

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

This blog is no longer active
This blog is no longer being actively updated. Please feel free to browse the archives or: Read our most popular inspiration blog See our most popular inspirational video Take our most popular quiz ...

posted 10:42:40pm Dec. 12, 2010 | read full post »

One day more
A reminder: "The Deacon's Bench" is closed! Please enjoy the archives! ...

posted 11:26:20pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below. ...

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The ...

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy. ...

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.