Catholicism’s Feast of the Ascension and why it makes absolutely no sense

This coming Thursday, May 25th, Roman Catholics all over the world will be celebrating the Feast of the Ascension, which commemorates the bodily ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven forty days after His resurrection. I have a few thoughts about this Catholic feast day that I would like to share:


The Feast of the Ascension is a “Holy Day of Obligation” for Catholics, which means they are required to attend mass on that day. Every Catholic who neglects to attend mass on Thursday and every other HDO and Sundays without a valid excuse earns a “mortal” sin, which means they will go directly to hell if they die before confessing the sin to a priest. Despite the threat of eternal damnation for missing mass on a HDO, most American Catholics can’t be bothered. Only 35% of American Catholics responded via survey that they “always,” “frequently,” or “usually” attend mass on a HDO. See here.


The Catholic liturgical calendar is filled with various “solemnities,” “feasts,” and “memorials” but don’t confuse the three. What are the differences between the categories? Like all things in Catholicism, it’s very complicated. See here. From a believer’s perspective, it’s very sad to think about Catholics being compelled to attend these religious rituals although they have no saving relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ alone. But who can blame the 65% of American Catholics who won’t be attending obligatory mass on Thursday when their pope fallaciously claims even atheists can merit Heaven if they follow their consciences and are “good”?


The 35% of American Catholics who do attend obligatory mass on Thursday will allegedly be celebrating the bodily ascension of Jesus to Heaven. Yes, God’s Word teaches Jesus rose to Heaven. Scripture also says Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for all who accept Him as Savior by faith.

But from now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” – Luke 22:69

“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” – Hebrews 7:25

But the Catholic church conducts 350,000 masses every day all over the world in which priests allegedly bring Christ down from Heaven to take the literal place of bread and wine so as to be re-offered as a sacrificial victim for the sins of the congregants.

“When the priest pronounces the tremendous words of consecration, he reaches up into the heavens, brings Christ down from His throne, and places Him upon our altar to be offered up again as the Victim for the sins of man. It is a power greater than that of monarchs and emperors: it is greater than that of saints and angels, greater than that of Seraphim and Cherubim. Indeed it is greater even than the power of the Virgin Mary. While the Blessed Virgin was the human agency by which Christ became incarnate a single time, the priest brings Christ down from heaven, and renders Him present on our altar as the eternal Victim for the sins of man—not once but a thousand times! The priest speaks and lo! Christ, the eternal and omnipotent God, bows His head in humble obedience to the priest’s command.” – Catholic priest, Father John O’Brien, in “Faith of Millions” (first published in 1938, last published in 1974)

Irony of ironies. Pious Catholics will be attending mass on Thursday to celebrate the ascension of Jesus into Heaven but part of the celebration will entail the priest allegedly bringing Jesus back down from Heaven so he can be re-sacrificed again, and again, and again…


If you smell some rotten fish in all of this non-scriptural religious rigmarole, you’re not alone. Millions of Catholics over the ages have questioned their ritualistic and legalistic religion, accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, and left Catholicism.

Religious ritual doesn’t save. Only Jesus saves. After you’ve repented of your sins and prayed to Jesus to save you, ask Him to lead you to an evangelical church in your area that preaches God’s word without compromise.

How do I become a Christian?

What are the Holy Days of Obligation?

13 thoughts on “Catholicism’s Feast of the Ascension and why it makes absolutely no sense

  1. Thank you one more time, Tom. I knew that they were sacrificing Him over and over, but I’ve never really understood just how it all worked. I had missed the “calling down” part. Ha! Poor Jesus!!! You’d think He’d say “no” after a while.

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    1. Thanks for reading, Hope! “Father” O’Brien’s rather self-aggrandizing comments would be largely frowned upon by today’s Catholic hierarchy, but they capture the essence of the priestly role in transubstantiation just the same. Yeah, poor Catholic Jesus, dragged down from Heaven by every Tom, Dick, and Harry who graduated from a Catholic seminary, 350,000 times per day.


      1. It’s so unbiblical and ridiculous. The Catholic Jesus is either on the altar as a sacrificial victim or still hanging on the crucifix.


      2. It really isn’t funny, is it. Millions are actually believing this stuff and will spend an eternity paying for it. Somewhere I heard that Catholicism comes from part Christianity and part Roman mythology. Whatever it is, it certainly is not biblical. Guess that’s why they don’t want them actually reading the Bible. So sad.

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      3. These poor souls are taught Bible Christianity is cotton candy, easy believism while Catholicism with its voluminous traditions and rituals is the eight-course gourmet meal.

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  2. Good post brother Tom especially with the fourth point of bringing down Christ regularly through the Mass. I didn’t even know there was a feast of ascension…man there’s a lot of rites and rituals with Romanism.

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    1. Thanks a lot, brother Jim! Yes, they have more feasts, solemnities, memorials, and rites than can be imagined. So complicated and convoluted. The average Catholic in the pew has only a very shallow understanding of their ritualistic religion which is why priests are essential.

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      1. “The average Catholic in the pew has only a very shallow understanding of their ritualistic religion which is why priests are essential.”<–So true. It seems to me the little I have interacted with priests that they spend more time knowing all about the rites and not enough time to know the actual Bible itself. Very unfortunate.

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