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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

So....When Is Ascension Thursday?

What a conundrum!

I want to go to Mass on Ascension Thursday. But wait a minute. Sunday is Thursday in my diocese and Thursday is a weekday in the sixth week of Easter. So Thursday is Sunday not Thursday.

But I go to the Tridentine Mass on Sunday. Wait a minute; it's not Thursday, it's Sunday! They celebrate Ascension Thursday on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. But I have a conflict on Thursday evening so I can't go to the Ascension Thursday Thursday Mass. 

So if I want to go to Ascension Thursday Mass, then I have to go on Sunday. But that means I can't go to the Latin Mass, if I want to celebrate Ascension Thursday because Sunday is Sunday within the octave of Ascension Thursday. I go to the Sunday morning Mass at my Novus Ordo parish because Sunday is Thursday and I want to celebrate Ascension Thursday? Or do I miss Ascension Thursday altogether by going to the Sunday Latin Mass which is Sunday, not Thursday? 

Are you confused yet? Who's on First?

Maybe we'll go to Mass on Thursday for the daily Mass during the Easter Season, then go to Ascension Thursday Mass at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning in the Novus Ordo, and then go to the Sunday after the Ascension Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Hmm....That should do it!


  1. Go the Ascension Sunday Saturday “vigil” at the Novus Ordo Katholic (sic) church😛

  2. I love this. Not only can Thursday be Sunday, but it can be Saturday. I think that's what I'll do. :)