All three parts of  Eastertide (Season  of Easter, Ascensiontide and Pentecost  with its  Octave) share some common  characteristics. Liturgically, there  is much joy, shown by the many Alleluia-s and other features.

Another characteristic is  that  we are  celebrating a definite event at the very beginning of the Season This helps us to focus our attention on the event celebrated, right at the start of the Season.

Ascensiontide can be a time  of preparation, if we make use of the Novena of the Holy Ghost. Let us use this time wisely so that after gaining insights  and strength during the time  of   Pentecost  we are ready to put  our shoulders to  the wheel during the long stretch of  the Season throughout the  year!