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Old May 17, '09, 12:55 am
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Default Ascension Thursday

Can someone please tell me when - and why - Ascension Thursday stopped being celebrated on Thursday? I've only recently started attending a Latin Mass, where, as Father said this morning, we still celebrate it in accordance with the 1962 missal, on Thursday!
I'm speaking about Australia; I don't know whether this is the case in other parts of the world.
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Can someone please tell me when - and why - Ascension Thursday stopped being celebrated on Thursday? I've only recently started attending a Latin Mass, where, as Father said this morning, we still celebrate it in accordance with the 1962 missal, on Thursday!
I'm speaking about Australia; I don't know whether this is the case in other parts of the world.
I'm in the diocese of Nashville, TN in the States and our Bishop has allowed the Ascension to be celebrated on Sunday the 24th. I believe that it is up to the Bishop of each Diocese to decide.
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It is up to the bishop. Here in the Northeast quite a few dioceses still celebrate it on Thursday. Interestingly enough the diocese of Rome celebrates it on the Sunday, while the Vatican itself celebrates it on Thursday.
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Can someone please tell me when - and why - Ascension Thursday stopped being celebrated on Thursday? I've only recently started attending a Latin Mass, where, as Father said this morning, we still celebrate it in accordance with the 1962 missal, on Thursday!

I'm speaking about Australia; I don't know whether this is the case in other parts of the world.
"Ascension Thursday" is only ever celebrated on a Thursday -- It cannot be otherwise. Likewise, "Ascension Sunday" can only be celebrated on a Sunday.

However: There is no celebration by either name in the Church's calendar. The Church does include a celebration named "The Ascension of the Lord" (Sollemnitas Ascensionis Domini), which is ordinarily celebrated on the Thursday falling 40 days after the celebration of the Resurrection, but which Canon Law empowers episcopal conferences to translate (to a Sunday or any other weekday) and/or to suppress the obligation to assist at Mass.

In the US, the episcopal conference seems further to have allowed this to be done according to ecclesiastical provinces, which New York, Newark, Hartford, Boston, Philadelphia, and Omaha* have retained the celebration on Thursday; others have translated it to the following Sunday.

(* The dioceses of: New York, Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Rockville Centre, Syracuse, Newark, Camden, Metuchen, Paterson, Trenton, Hartford, Bridgeport, Norwich, Providence, Boston, Burlington, Fall River, Manchester, Portland, Springfield, Worcester, Philadelphia, Allentown, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Omaha, Grand Island, Lincoln)

I cannot speak intelligently about the situation in Australia.

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