Summer Feastdays

Four major feasts spaced over a few weeks commemorate both the events after the Resurrection and the central Mysteries of the Church.
In Ireland Pentecost – better known as Whit – has always marked the start of summer. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended on the apostles as they gathered to celebrate the first harvest.

Around the world both the Ascension and Corpus Christi are Holy Days of Obligation, celebrated by Catholics for centuries. Festivals marking the beginning of summer go back to prehistory. In 1995 the Irish Bishops moved the celebration of Ascension and Corpus Christi to the following Sunday. “The atmosphere of a working day during the week is not conducive to celebrating such holy days” – Bishop Patrick Walsh of Down and Connor.

Feast of the Ascension

40 days after Easter  – May 30th
“until he was taken up to heaven… forty days after he suffered and died”

Bishop Barron on Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters
Salesian Fr Paddy Hennessy: The Ascension
Three gregorian chants for the Feast of the Ascension
Bach: Ascension Oratorio (Sir John Eliot Gardiner , 2013)
"Holy Thursday (Innocence)" by William Blake, read by The Wordman


Seventh Sunday after Easter  – June 9th
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues”

Barron on Pentecost
Philip Larkin - 'The Whitsun Weddings' (1964)
Dancing at Whitsun - The Dubliners
Bishop Barron on The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church


First Sunday after Pentecost  - June 16th
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"

Catholicism TRINITY
Bach - Cantate BWV 194 - Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest
What is the Trinity?
J. S. Bach: O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad (BWV 165) (Koopman)
Bishop Barron on the Meaning of the Trinity


The Thursday after Trinity Sunday  - June 20th
"Take this, all of you, and eat of it,
for this is my Body,
which will be given up for you."

Corpus Christi Procession, Lahinch, Ireland, May 29, 2016
Corpus Christi Procession in Manhattan, New York City
The Solemnity of Corpus Christi (YEAR A)
Corpus Christi Procession (1941)
BLVD: Hollywood Eucharistic Procession
The origin of Corpus Christi
Devil Baby Jumping Festival /El Salto del Diablo en la procesión del Corpus