There is a Missa Cantata (Sung Mass), in the Usus Antiquior,
at Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, Kent DA15 8LW, at 2000 hrs (8 p.m.),
Thursday, 29 May 2014.
Image: UNA VOCE OF ORANGE COUNTY
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The observance of this Feast is of great antiquity. Although no documentary evidence of it exists prior to the beginning of the 5th-Century, Saint Augustine says that it is of Apostolic origin, and he speaks of it in a way that shows it was the universal observance of the Church long before his time. Frequent mention of it is made in the writings of Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Gregory of Nyssa, and in the Constitution of the Apostles.
The Pilgrimage of Aetheria speaks of the Vigil of this Feast and of the Feast, itself, as they were kept in the Church built over the grotto in Bethlehem, in which Christ was born. It may be that, prior to the 5th-Century, the fact narrated in the Gospels was commemorated in conjunction with the Feast of Easter or Pentecost.
Some believe that the much-disputed forty-third Decree of the Synod of Elvira (circa 300 A.D.), condemning the practice of observing a Feast on the fortieth day after Easter, and neglecting to keep Pentecost on the fiftieth day, implies that the proper usage of the time was to commemorate the Ascension along with Pentecost. Representations of the Mystery are found in diptychs and frescoes dating as early as the 5th-Century.
Português: Catedral de São Pedro de Alcântara (Petrópolis, estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil):
Vitral triptico de Jesus : Natal, Ascenção, Agonia no horto das oliveiras.
English: Stained-Glass Window, depicting the Ascension, in the Cathedral of
Saint Peter of Alcantara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photo: 21 May 2011.
Source: Own work.
Author: Eugenio Hansen, OFS.