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A Novena for the Feast of the Ascension

This week we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension. Traditionally, this day is celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter. However, in some parts of the world, the observance has been moved to the following Sunday. The Feast is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e., universally celebrated), ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost.

Mixed-up magical May

On Monday evening, as I came out of a work meeting at 8.40pm, I was surprised to see that it was still twilight. I drove home as the dusky, pearly light gradually deepened, becoming night by the time I'd arrived. This late evening twilight is entirely normal for this time of year, as are the trees frothing with blossom, the bursting forth of leaves and tulips and bluebells, the evident signs of spring all around me.