Thursday

Observing Ascension Thursday on …Thursday

In the diocese in which I live (Santa Rosa) and in the diocese in which I work (San Francisco), it’s Thursday. (You may have noticed that it’s Thursday elsewhere as well.) At Ignatius Press in San Francisco, though, it isn’t Thursday.  Well, it isn’t just Thursday. It’s Ascension Thursday.

The observance of the Feast of the Ascension has been moved to Sunday in the dioceses around here, but not at Ignatius Press.  We have the day off as a feast day.

Now I know the reasons usually given for the move of Ascension Thursday to Sunday and I remain unpersuaded by them. (I call this coming Sunday “Ascension Thursday Sunday”.)

To our sacred pastors I say, “Please give us back Ascension Thursday!”

Tonight I plan to attend an Extraordinary Form Mass in order to celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on the day it is celebrated in the Universal Church.  Maybe one of these days I’ll be able (again) to celebrate it at my parish church, according to the Ordinary Form of the Mass.  We’ll see. 


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About Mark Brumley 58 Articles
Mark Brumley is president and CEO of Ignatius Press.