holy day of obligation

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holy day of obligation

n. pl. holy days of obligation Roman Catholic Church
A feast on which the faithful are obliged to hear Mass and abstain from servile work.

holy day of obligation

n
(Roman Catholic Church) a major feastday of the Roman Catholic Church on which Catholics are bound to attend Mass and refrain from servile work

ho′ly day` of obliga′tion


n.
a day on which Roman Catholics are duty-bound to attend mass.
[1930–35]
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Noun1.holy day of obligation - a day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion
Christian holy day - a religious holiday for Christians
Solemnity of Mary, January 1 - (Roman Catholic Church) a holy day of obligation
Ascension, Ascension Day, Ascension of the Lord - (Christianity) celebration of the Ascension of Christ into heaven; observed on the 40th day after Easter
Assumption of Mary, August 15, Assumption - celebration in the Roman Catholic Church of the Virgin Mary's being taken up into heaven when her earthly life ended; corresponds to the Dormition in the Eastern Orthodox Church
All Saints' Day, Allhallows, Hallowmas, Hallowmass, November 1 - a Christian feast day honoring all the saints; first observed in 835
December 8, Immaculate Conception - Roman Catholic holy day first celebrated in 1854
Christmas Day, Dec 25, Xmas, Christmas - a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
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to attend Mass on Sunday and during Holy Day of Obligation, we proceed to the church where we offer our prayers and thanksgiving for the past week's blessings and guidance through the Holy Eucharist - the summit of our Christian faith.
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The Catholic faith has us believing if we missed mass on a Sunday or a Holy day of obligation we had a mortal sin on our soul.
They met on the sidewalk every Sunday and holy day of obligation to pray, to sing, to celebrate and to mourn, regardless of biting cold or blistering heat, blowing snow or pouring rain.
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Last Saturday, November 1, was the Feast of All Saints and because it's a holy day of obligation people were attending Mass.
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Even though Ash Wednesday is not considered by the Catholic Church to be a holy day of obligation, Gehl expects to see thousands of people come to Masses to receive the ash mark.
Catholic holy day of obligation when the faithful must attend a mass to honor Mary as the Mother of God.