Presume a rant here about the movement of Ascension Day to the nearest Sunday, fill in whatever you want...............
...And another thing about "Ascension Sunday", is it makes a nonsense of the idea of the Novena. The prayer of nine days used to be basic of much Catholic devotional life. All Novena have their basis in the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost when the Mother of God sat in prayer with the Apostles to await the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is bad enough that there is no Octave after Pentecost, which of course means that Trinity Sunday hangs around in Ordinary Time like a white rag in a green field unattached to the Easter Season of which the revelation of the Trinity is the natural outcome.
Both moves serve to lessen the centrality of Pentecost to the Christian Mystery.
At times one wonders whether the 'great reformers' were either mad or drunk - methystos as opposed to amethysts of course.
I am offering the Novena this year for vocation to the priesthood in my diocese, it is a powerful time of prayer, and I firmly expect God to be generous in his blessings
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.