Days of obligation


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(R. C. Ch.) festival days when it is obligatory on the faithful to attend Mass.
See under Day.

See also: Day, Obligation

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The number of days of obligation varies between countries.
Also, the Church has drastically reduced the number of days of obligation to only three: New Year's Day, Christmas, and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
For my mum and dad and other Catholics of their generation, Maundy Thursday and especially Good Friday counted as Holy Days of Obligation, even though they weren't.
Rome had decreed that Indians have souls, were therefore the spiritual equal of Europeans--equal, too, in their need for evangelization," he wrote in the superb Days of Obligation, published in 1992.
One underscores "the obligation to participate in Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation," the "Real Presence of Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist," and the requirement to seek "absolution in the sacrament of penance" before receiving Communion if a person is "aware of having sinned mortally.
In the 1940s and 50s, I knew everyone in our parish community and I can say that one hundred percent of the people in our community went to church every Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation.
Corpus Christi is an important event in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar and is one of the Holy Days of Obligation requiring all Roman Catholics to attend Mass, but there was no tradition in this country for large-scale processions such as those that occurred in Middlesbrough.
The maids' demands for time off to go to Mass every Sunday as well as on holy days of obligation and their insistence that they could eat only fish on Fridays were frequently viewed as ploys to get out of work.
The collaborative work of author Kathy DellaTorre O'Keefe and illustrator Anne Catharine Blake, the "Child's Guide To The Holy Days" was published by the Paulist Press to teach children ages 5 to 9 about the meaning and significance of special and recurring occasions within the Catholic Church to commemorate and celebrate of 'Holy Days of Obligation in reference to the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, the Ascension, All Saint's Day, Christmas, and the Virgin Mary.
Memory, continued in 1993 with Days of Obligation and concludes now with
He adeptly led the bishops through a series of sometimes controversial endeavors, including changing holy days of obligation, adopting an English translation of the Sacramentary and approving a lectionary for children's Masses.