The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven, according to Mark 16:19, Luke… The Liturgical Year. Bumping up this 2014 post for the feast of the Ascension, whether it is celebrated on Thursday or Sunday. The Mass readings for the Sixth Week of Easter Sunday through Wednesday refer to the coming of the Paraclete, but Thursday through Saturday refer to the Ascension, with Christ returning to his Father. The feast falls on Thursday. Where such is not possible, the novena should try to reflect the liturgical themes of the days from Ascension to the Vigil of Pentecost. That is why our hearts should sing with Psalm 47 as it repeats 3 days in a row, “God mounts His throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.”. But even with all these adjustments, there are “liturgical remnants” that still point to Ascension celebrating on Thursday. See full bio. The Church has rendezvoused to help us experience Easter as the feast of feasts, as the basic reason for all celebration and joy, by causing the Easter octave to last for seven times seven days. Bumping up this 2014 post for the feast of the Ascension, whether it is celebrated on Thursday or Sunday. Jennifer Gregory Miller is an experienced homemaker, mother, CGS catechist and authority on living the liturgical year. The numeric significance is interrupted when the Ascension is moved to Sunday. You see, we have also ascended with the Lord. At first glance, the Ascension would seem to be a sad day. The preparation for Pentecost in the form of a novena should begin on Ascension Thursday. The liturgy continues the rejoicing of “mounting his throne” from Thursday until Saturday, and our hearts should be echoing that joy throughout those days, too. Depending where you live will determine whether you will celebrate Ascension Thursday or Ascension Sunday. The fortieth day after Easter Sunday, commemorating the Ascension of Christ into heaven, according to Mark 16:19 , Luke 24:51 , and Acts 1:2 .. Moreover, they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body. The pious exercise of the Pentecost novena, widely practised among the faithful, emerged from prayerful reflection on this salvific event. The more time consuming can be “puffed” desserts, like Beignets or puff pastry, or a dessert with multiple layers, such as Dobos Torta. It wasn’t until the fourth century that the fortieth (40th) day was marked by the feast of the Ascension, and then the fiftieth (50th) marked by Pentecost to close the Easter season. | In Novena comes from the Latin word novem, meaning of course, nine. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. General Norms of the Liturgical Year and Calendar, The Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy, Ascension Day: the Final Message from Jesus, Pentecost Novena, Focusing on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, The Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 47 for the Mass of the Ascension: “. F.X. (Since the feast of the Visitation falls this Friday this will not be completely obvious this year.) I am proud and happy that I am a part of a Rite that does not "take it easy" by moving Ascension Thursday to Sunday to gain a two-for-one on going to Mass. by Fr. The Gospel that is read on the Feast of the Ascension connects one of the post-Resurrection appearances of the Lord with the Disciples along with the event of the Ascension. News, analysis & spirituality by email, twice-weekly from CatholicCulture.org. Gospel Thursday (non-Ascension) from John 16:16: Alleluia verse and Gospel on Saturday John 16:28: “, Thursday’s Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah: “, Thursday’s reading from 1 Peter 3:18-22: “, Friday’s Antiphon for the Canticle of Zechariah: “. In others, whilst the figure of Christ was made to ascend, that of the devil was made to descend.