Today is Ascension Thursday, forty days after Easter when we celebrate Our Lord’s Ascension. Today is a Solemnity and a Holy Day of Obligation in some parts of the world. The ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and the State of Nebraska have retained its celebration on the proper Thursday, while all other provinces have transferred this solemnity to the Seventh Sunday of Easter. If transferred, today is observed either as an Easter Weekday or the optional memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. For more on Ascension Thursday, see Women for Faith and Family and the Catholic Encyclopedia.
See Five Reasons the Ascension Was Necessary by Michael Barber at Singing in the Reign.
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