Friday, May 12, 2006

Ascension Sunday - May 28, 2006

In the western dioceses of the United States, the celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension is transferred from the Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter to the Seventh Sunday of Easter which falls this year on May 28. The readings and prayers for the Ascension should be used on May 28 in place of those for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.

Fun fact:
Only in the ecclesiastical Provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and the State of Nebraska is the Ascension celebrated on the Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter.

What is an ecclesiastical province?
An ecclesiastical province is a way of grouping of dioceses under the jurisdiction of an archdiocese. San José is in the ecclesiastical province of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Click here to see what other dioceses are in our province.