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.
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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
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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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Catholic holy day of obligation when the faithful must attend a mass to honor Mary as the Mother of God.
It is a holy day of obligation for Catholics, celebrated to honor all the saints, known and unknown.
It is considered a holy day of obligation in many countries in Europe.
While not a holy day of obligation, this was a day when churches are packed with devotees as well as those lining up for the imposition of the ash.