Ascension Thursday and Beautiful Traditions

Some folks think that today should mark the end of the Easter Season. Tradition tells us that today, forty days after the Resurection, Christ ascended into heaven, once again to take His place at the right hand of the Father. Easter is over, right?

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Celebrate the Joy of this Day

Today marks forty days since we celebrated Easter. Forth Days – the number of days God made it rain. Forty Days past before Noah opened the window of the ark he had made. Moses was on the mountain Forty Days and returned with the 10 Commandments. Christ fasted in the wilderness for Forty Days. Forty Days holds great meaning.

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Ascension Thursday Picnic

I began working on this menu at the beginning of Holy Week. Why? I was looking ahead, beyond Easter to the next “big” event in the Church calendar. Ascension Thursday, for those who believe, is a pretty big deal. It is the day when the resurrected Christ rose to the heavens. All over the world, the Catholic faithful are called to Mass to honor this day. Unfortunately, in many dioceses in America, the mass is held on the following Sunday. I mean really, isn’t it enough that we attend on Christmas even when it falls in the middle of the week? (Sarcasm folks). Any way you count it, forty days from Easter Sunday will always be a Thursday.

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