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But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness,

godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. ~ 1 Timothy 6:11

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holy Days of Obligation

Here is a list of the 6 Holy Days of Obligation in the dioceses of the Unites States (in addition to Sundays):
  1. The Solemnity of Mary
  2. The Ascension of Christ
  3. The Assumption of the Blessed Mother
  4. All Saints' Day
  5. The Immaculate Conception of Mary
  6. Christmas

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On Holy Days of Obligation, the faithful are required to attend mass.
The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: "On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass." "The precept of participating in the Mass is satisfied by assistance at a Mass which is celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the holy day or on the evening of the preceding day." ~ CCC 2180


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    1. Alex, I went straight to the source, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and found the following:

      "In addition to Sunday, the days to be observed as holy days of obligation in the Latin Rite dioceses of the United States of America, in conformity with canon 1246, are as follows:

      January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God;
      Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter, the solemnity of the Ascension;
      August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
      November 1, the solemnity of All Saints;
      December 8, the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception;
      December 25, the solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

      Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated."

      Here is the link:

    2. Also, you inspired me to add a clarification in my post.

      These are the six days of holy obligation for the dioceses of the United States.

      The conference of bishops for a country can add or remove holy days of obligation. For example, Ireland holds the feast of Saint Patrick as a holy day of obligation, while Canada holds the feast of Saint Joseph as a holy day of obligation.

  2. I don't know if this is asking too much, but if you went into what each Holy Day was about, I know I would appreciate it :)

    1. Darien, never asking for too much!

      I would be happy to explain what each holy day was about in future posts. (However, I have a few other posts I need to get to first!)

  3. Here's an interesting fact. According to Canon 1246, there are 10 days (not including Sundays) that are holy days of obligation:

    Mary the Mother of God (Jan 1)
    the Epiphany (Jan 6)
    St Joseph (Mar 19)
    the Ascension (40 days after Easter)
    Corpus Christi (Thurs after Trinity Sunday)
    Sts Peter & Paul (Jun 29)
    the Assumption of Mary (Aug 15)
    All Saints (Nov 1)
    the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Dec 8)
    Christmas (Dec 25)

    However, each country has their own holy days of obligation set by the episcopal conference. The episcopal conference also has the ability to transfer some of the solemnities to a Sunday, or abrogate the obligation (which is the case if some fall on Saturday or Monday. So depending on when the Ascension is celebrated and when certain days fall, the number of holy days of obligation could be as few as 2, and as many as 6. The Vatican will always have 10.

    I blogged on this once here:

    1. Paul, thank you for the information.

      I agree I need to update this post to provide the bigger picture...and you're blog post will be a great resource!

      BTW, your blog is full of gorgeous pictures and beautiful ideas. You just got yourself a new follower! (And a potential message to pick your brain on growing my blog...)

    2. Thanks, Taylor. I really appreciate your blog as well. The neat thing is there's so much to write about, I don't think we'll ever run out of ideas!