Easter: May 29th
Ascension of Our Lord or Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Old Calendar: Friday after Pentecost; St. Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi, virgin
The ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia have retained the celebration of the Ascension on the proper Thursday, while all other provinces have transferred this solemnity to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 1, 2014. If transferred today is observed as an Easter Weekday. The following readings are used: Acts 18:1-8/Jn 16:16-20 (294).According to the 1962 Missal of Bl. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi. At the age of ten she consecrated her virginity to Christ, she was a Carmelite famous for her visions. Her motto was "To suffer and not to die." She died in 1607. Her feast in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is celebrated on May 25.
Meditation - Our Intercessor
Through the centuries the Church Fathers have said that Our Lord keeps for Himself half His regency, which is the Kingdom of Justice, but the other half He gives away to His Mother, and this is the Kingdom of Mercy. At the Marriage Feast of Cana, Our Lord said that the hour of His Passion was not yet at hand-the hour when justice would be fulfilled. But His Blessed Mother begged Him not to wait, but to be merciful to those who were in need, and to supply their wants by changing water into wine. Three years later, when not the water was changed into wine, but the wine into blood, He fulfilled all justice, but surrendered half His Kingdom by giving to us that which no one else could give, namely, His Mother: "Behold thy Mother." Whatever mothers do for sons, that His Mother would do, and more.
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