Question: When Is Ascension 2014?
The Ascension of Our Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation, celebrates the day that Christ, in the presence of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven. The Ascension occurred on the 40th day of Easter, so it falls on a Thursday, and thus is often called Ascension Thursday; however, in most dioceses in the United States, the celebration of the Ascension has been transferred to the following Sunday, six weeks after Easter 2014.
Answer: Ascension Thursday falls on May 29, 2014, and it will be celebrated on that day in the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and the state of Nebraska.
In all other dioceses of the United States, the celebration of the Feast of the Ascension is transferred to the following Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Since Ascension is a holy day of obligation, if you are unsure which day your diocese will celebrate it, you should check with your parish priest or your diocesan office.
For the date of both Ascension Thursday and Ascension Sunday in future years, see When Is Ascension?
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