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

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Canon law lists the precepts of life as a faithful Catholic, including honoring the Lord's Day and holy days of obligation, participating in the sacrament of reconciliation at least once every year, receiving the Eucharist during the Easter season, fasting on Good Friday and Ash Wednesday, and supporting the material needs of the church.
It is one of the three holy days of obligation declared by the Catholic Church in which Catholics must hear Mass.
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.
"Living Liturgy for Cantors" begins with the First Sunday of Advent 2016 and includes the following: Readings and responsorial psalm for every Sunday; Readings and responsorial psalm for Ash Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil Mass, and holy days of obligation; Reflection connecting the psalm to the readings of the day; Suggestion for psalmist's spiritual preparation; and a "How-to" guide for using the book.
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."
Analyzing their autobiographic writings; he discusses reference and ethnic identity in autobiography; the ethnic self as representative man in Wright's hybrid autobiography; "manning up" the ethnic Ebermensch in Wright's Black Boy; the communally derived ethnic self in Rodriguez's Hunger of Memory; the immigrant father as the manikin of autobiography, and its agon with the print culture self in Rodriguez's Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father; and Rodriguez's Brown and resisting essentialist narratives of ethnic identity.
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. Then came the sixties.
In chapter 4, "Converting the Church," Walker discusses Richard Rodriguez's autobiographical trilogy: Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez (1982), Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father (1992), and Brown: The Last Discovery of America (2002).
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.