Thursday, May 9, 2013

Working for the Weekend

He Has Ascended... Or Not Yet, notes Rocco Palmo on the horizontal movement of the observance of the Ascension.
"In 1993, the five Western provinces – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Anchorage – were permitted by Rome to shift the observance to the Seventh Sunday, the petition citing low attendance on the work-week feast and the scarcity of priests. At the close of the five-year trial run for the change, the bishops of every US province were granted a binding vote on the holy date for their respective turfs, and 26 of the then-32 jurisdictions chose Sunday, the Thursday celebration – and, indeed, the holy-day collection – retained only in the provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Omaha."

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