40 Days after Easter
This year it is celebrated on Thursday, May 5, 2016
A Holy Day of Obligation
Masses 7:30am, 11:30am & 7:30pm
Great feast that Easter is, one day (not even three days!) is insufficient to celebrate the fullness of the mystery of the resurrection. So, as Christians, we keep a fifty-day-long festival, punctuated by the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord - the fortieth day of Easter. The feast of the Ascension, like a prism, helps us focus the wondrous colors of the Easter spectrum. These images from the Ascension liturgy give us a sense of the hope and joy that color this feast: “Christ’s ascension is our glory and hope." "The joy of the resurrection and the ascension renews the whole world." "Where Christ has gone, we hope to follow." "Christ has passed beyond our sight, not to abandon us, but to be our hope." "Christ was taken up to heaven to claim for us a share in his divine life." If we have been united with Christ through baptism in his death and resurrection, we are surely united with him in the transformation and redemption of his humanity. What we celebrate, however, is not only a past or future event. We are given glimpses of our glorious destiny even now. So, feet firmly planted on earth, the community gathers to rejoice in the life we share with the risen Lord.
Text: Copyright © 2001 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago IL Text by Gabe Huck. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Stained Glass Window from Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Bloomfield New Jersey