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Prayer for Ascension Thursday

posted by jmcgee

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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.
Amen

Opening Prayer for Ascension Thursday

Related:
Ascension Thursday homily from 2008


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Holy Cannoli

posted May 13, 2010 at 7:39 am


Footnote:
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.



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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
http://thejoyfulcatholic.wordpress.com/



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