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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Thursday, 2018-05-10:


    Easter Time.


    Acts 1:1-11

    In the first book, Theophilus,
    I dealt with all that Jesus did and taught
    until the day he was taken up,
    after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit
    to the apostles whom he had chosen.
    He presented himself alive to them
    by many proofs after he had suffered,
    appearing to them during forty days
    and speaking about the kingdom of God.
    While meeting with them,
    he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,
    but to wait for "the promise of the Father
    about which you have heard me speak;
    for John baptized with water,
    but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."
    When they had gathered together they asked him,
    "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"
    He answered them, "It is not for you to know the times or seasons
    that the Father has established by his own authority.
    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you,
    and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
    throughout Judea and Samaria,
    and to the ends of the earth."
    When he had said this, as they were looking on,
    he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
    While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going,
    suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
    They said, "Men of Galilee,
    why are you standing there looking at the sky?
    This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
    will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven."


    Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9

    R. (6)
    God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    All you peoples, clap your hands,
    shout to God with cries of gladness,
    For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
    is the great king over all the earth.
    R.God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    God mounts his throne amid shouts of joy;
    the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
    Sing praise to God, sing praise;
    sing praise to our king, sing praise.
    R.God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.
    For king of all the earth is God;
    sing hymns of praise.
    God reigns over the nations,
    God sits upon his holy throne.
    R.God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.


    Eph 4:1-13

    Brothers and sisters,
    I, a prisoner for the Lord,
    urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
    with all humility and gentleness, with patience,
    bearing with one another through love,
    striving to preserve the unity of the spirit
    through the bond of peace:
    one body and one Spirit,
    as you were also called to the one hope of your call;
    one Lord, one faith, one baptism;
    one God and Father of all,
    who is over all and through all and in all.
    But grace was given to each of us
    according to the measure of Christ's gift.
    Therefore, it says:
    He ascended on high and took prisoners captive;
    he gave gifts to men.
    What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended
    into the lower regions of the earth?
    The one who descended is also the one who ascended
    far above all the heavens,
    that he might fill all things.
    And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets,
    others as evangelists, others as pastors and teachers,
    to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
    for building up the body of Christ,
    until we all attain to the unity of faith
    and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,
    to the extent of the full stature of Christ.


    Mk 16:15-20

    Jesus said to his disciples:
    "Go into the whole world
    and proclaim the gospel to every creature.
    Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
    whoever does not believe will be condemned.
    These signs will accompany those who believe:
    in my name they will drive out demons,
    they will speak new languages.
    They will pick up serpents with their hands,
    and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them.
    They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
    So then the Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them,
    was taken up into heaven
    and took his seat at the right hand of God.
    But they went forth and preached everywhere,
    while the Lord worked with them
    and confirmed the word through accompanying signs.


    • The Roman Catholic Church in a number of countries that do not observe the feast as a public holiday has obtained permission from the Vatican to move observance of the Feast of the Ascension from the traditional Thursday to the following Sunday, the Sunday before Pentecost.
    • In the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and the state of Nebraska, this Feast day is always celebrated on Thursday.

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