- 5.30 p.m. Eucharist presided over by His Excellency Monsignor the Archbishop, with the participation of the Renewal in the Spirit Movement
On the Solemnity of the Ascension (the fortieth day of Easter), during the celebration presided over by Archbishop Monsignor Mario Delpini, at 5:30 p.m., the rite of the "ascension" of the Paschal Candle is performed.
As the deacon proclaims the Gospel (Luke 24, 36b - 53), the great Paschal Candle is slowly lifted up –symbolizing the Mystery of the Lord's Ascension – tothe vaults, and remains lit without interruption until the Solemnity of Pentecost.
Documented as early as the 15th century (the period in which the artistic Gothic-Renaissance hanging candlestick dates back to), this evocative rite originally had two functions: to educate the faithful and to give an allegorical interpretation of the liturgy. On the one hand, the aim is to accompany listening to the Word with a visual input, thus encouraging participation in sharing the Mystery. On the other hand, the origin of the rite refers to a time when the allegorical interpretation of the liturgical act was considered one of the main ways to gain access to the celebrated Mystery.