The next day is appropriately a Saturday of the Dead (general commemoration of all faithful departed).
Before the Vigil, the Paschal hours are said for the last time and the Paschal greeting is exchanged.
commemorates the Christian belief of the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
It is one of the ecumenical feasts (i.e., universally celebrated) of Christian churches, ranking with the feasts of the Passion, of Easter, and Pentecost.
In others, whilst the figure of Christ was made to ascend, that of the devil was made to descend.
In England it was once common for churches to "beat the bounds" on this day, and some continue the custom (e.g.
The three days before Ascension Thursday are sometimes referred to as the Rogation days, and the previous Sunday — the Sixth Sunday of Easter (or the Fifth Sunday after Easter) — as Rogation Sunday.
Ascension has a vigil and, since the 15th century, an octave, which is set apart for a novena of preparation for Pentecost.Some believe that the much-disputed forty-third decree of the Synod of Elvira (c.300) 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.When celebrated on Sunday, the earliest possible date is May 3, and the latest is June 6.In the Eastern Church this feast is known in Greek as Analepsis, the "taking up", and also as the Episozomene, the "salvation from on high", denoting that by ascending into his glory Christ completed the work of our redemption.the church of St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford).