When is Ascension Day?
When did Jesus go back into Heaven?
Ascension Thursday is simply 40 days after Easter.
But Easter is a movable feast, landing on one of 35 calendar days each year, on or between March 22nd and April 25th. A bit complicated, as you can see in , as you can see in figuring the date of Easter Sunday
So Ascension Thursday is also one of 35 days, coming as early as April 30th and as late as June 3rd.
If this seems a bit complicated, here's a chart instead. (This follows the tradition of the western church in the computation of Easter.)
|Dates for Ascension Thursday|
Ascension Thursday - A Holyday
|2010 - Thursday, May 13|
2011 - Thursday, June 2
2012 - Thursday, May 17
2013 - Thursday, May 9
2014 - Thursday, May 29
2015 - Thursday, May 14
2016 - Thursday, May 5
2017 - Thursday, May 25
2018 - Thursday, May 10
2019 - Thursday, May 30
2020 - Thursday, May 21
2021 - Thursday, May 13
2022 - Thursday, May 26
2023 - Thursday, May 18
2024 - Thursday, May 9
2025 - Thursday, May 29
2026 - Thursday, May 14
2027 - Thursday, May 6
2028 - Thursday, May 25
2029 - Thursday, May 10
2030 - Thursday, May 30
In some churches, Ascension Thursday is observed as a Holyday of Obligation. In some countries, this has been observed for many generations and centuries.
Like on a Sunday, Church attendance is required, and no unnecessary work done.
Ascension Thursday - A Holiday
In our school, when I was growing up, it was a holiday. Meaning, no school or classes! We had the day off.
Which was pretty handy too, considering it usually came at a rather busy time of testing and grading to wrap up the school year.
Usually the spring weather was beautiful. (Ascension, like Easter, always comes in Spring in the northern hemisphere.)
So after church service, we usually got to go for a drive, a hike, or a picnic. And sometimes all 3 and then some!
When is Ascension Day? - A Day to Celebrate
When Jesus rose from the dead, it gives us hope that we too shall rise.
When Jesus went back up into heaven 40 days later, the angels reminded the bystanders that Jesus will come back the same way - to welcome us home to heaven.
Where we hope and pray - by God's grace - to go. Where we will be happy and fulfilled and successful forever.
Thank your stars!
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