From Easter Day to Whitsunday is perhaps the most glorious fifty days of the Church Kalendar year. For forty days following our Lord’s Resurrection, He walked the earth and appeared unto His disciples and to numerous others. As Our Lord promised His disciples, on the fortieth day He ascended into Heaven (Ascension Day will be observed on this week on Wednesday, May 16th, 5:45 pm) and told them to wait for the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, who descended on the disciples ten days later (Whitsunday or Pentecost, Sunday, May 27). To distinguish these most momentous and joy-filled days in the history of mankind, the Church will adorn Herself with all the beauty She is capable of, and this will be expressed in its Masses, in its music and in its priestly vestments. One highlight will be the beautiful cope Fr. Hines will wear in the festival Masses.

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