"As they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight." (Acts: 1-9)
On the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, we celebrate Christ's bodily ascension into heaven, which occurred in the presence of his apostles. We hear in St. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians that Christ took his seat at the right hand of his Father, "far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion."
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord occurs 40 days after Christ's resurrection and is the important, final piece of the paschal mystery, which began with Christ's passion and death. Because Christ ascended, we, as members of the Body of Christ, also look forward to ascending into heaven after our bodily resurrection.
On the solemnity, we are also reminded of our evangelizing mission. Before Christ ascends, he gives his disciples final instructions, telling them to await the arrival of the Holy Spirit and then "go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). We will celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles on Pentecost Sunday, May 15. During the days between the Solemnity of the Ascension and the Solemnity of Pentecost, we are called to intense prayer for the coming of the Holy Spirit. This time of prayer comprises a novena.
While some ecclesiastical provinces have transferred the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord to the Seventh Sunday of Easter, that is not the case in the province of Boston, of which the Diocese of Portland is a part. Here, the celebration remains on the proper Thursday and is a holy day of obligation.
You will find a listing by parish below. To view Mass times by city/town, click here.
Mass Times for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
Wednesday, May 9 and Thursday, May 10, 2018
All Saints Parish, Brunswick
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 82 Atlantic Avenue, Boothbay Harbor - Thursday at noon.
St. Ambrose Church, 29 Kimball Street, Richmond - Thursday at 10 a.m.
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 132 McKeen Street, Brunswick - Thursday at 6 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant Street, Brunsiwck - Thursday at 8 a.m.
St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath - Wednesday at 6 p.m.
St. Patrick Church, 380 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle - Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street, Portland - Thursday at 8 a.m. Latin Mass, 12:15 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Auburn
Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn - Thursday at 7 a.m. and Noon
St. Philip Church, 2365 Turner Road, Auburn - Thursday at 6 p.m.
Sacred Heart / St. Dominic Parish, Portland
Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen Street, Portland - Wednesday at 5 p.m.
St. Christopher Parish, Peaks Island
St. Christopher Church, 15 Central Avenue, Peaks Island - Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
St. Louis Parish, Portland
St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, Portland - Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
St. Peter Parish, Portland
St. Peter Church, 72 Federal Street, Portland - Thursday at 7 a.m.