Is it true that the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham encourages feasts to be celebrated on the traditional and appropriate day, as Fr. Ed Tomlinson suggests? I would like to think so.
However the hard evidence speaks a different language. First of all the Ordo for 2014/5, quoting the Ordinariate’s Proper Calendar, fixes the Ascension of Our Lord on Sunday 17th May and there is no mention whatsoever on Thursday 14th May of an option to celebrate the Ascension, let alone “encouragement”. Neither is there an instruction of this kind in the Introduction to the Ordo. (And the same is true for Epiphany and Corpus Christi)
The Ordinariate’s central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, is also celebrating the Ascension on Sunday, with a widely-publicised Solemn Mass at which Cardinal Nichols will preach.
Can someone help me out with a source for the instruction, option or encouragement to celebrate on the appropriate day?
Until such time I am happy to concur with Fr. Ed:
“… there is something genuinely special about coming to a special Mass on holy days. I encourage parents to bring children too – it is a great witness to them of the importance of the Church Year. …
It is only recently that the practice of shifting feasts to the nearest Sunday became widespread. I think it lamentable. Yes readings may change to reflect the observation, as might hymnody and vestments, but it is a concession to a culture that refuses to take faith seriously. The impression given is that feasts are not so important after all and need not demand sacrifice from us. We end up colluding in the farcical but widespread notion of Sunday-only religion. A slap in the face to authentic teaching regarding our need to mould our lives around our faith not the other way around.”