May 5, 2016

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord | 2016

Ascension of the Lord

Today, May 5th, the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia celebrate the Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord. All other provinces have transferred this solemnity to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 8th.

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At the end of His earthly life Jesus ascends triumphantly into heaven. The Church acclaims Him in His holy humanity, invited to sit on the Father's right hand and to share His glory. But Christ's Ascension is the pledge of our own. Filled with an immense hope, the Church looks toward her leader, who precedes her into the heavenly home and takes her with Him in His own person: "for the Son of God, after incorporating in Himself those whom the devil's jealousy had banished from the earthly paradise, ascends again to His Father and takes them with Him" (St. Leo).

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