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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]
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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What it meant at that time was that we were to follow the many commandments of the Church, like going to Mass and confession every Sunday, Holy Days of Obligation, and making sure that we pray the rosary as often as possible covering the Glorious, Sorrowful and Joyful Mysteries.
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.
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 Friday "rules" were no longer relevant, and Holy Days of Obligation are not optional.
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.
Observing Holy Days of Obligation and practicing (seemingly church-sanctioned) anti-Semitism.
In reporting on the 6,800 responses to his questionnaire, Lynch noted, "The survey responses generally reflect the 'choir,' those people who faithfully attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, if not daily.
Their family never missed Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation, attended seasonal devotions, and said the Rosary daily.
FutureChurch's stance is that untold thousands of Catholics are denied access to the Eucharist on Sundays and holy days of obligation because of Rome's refusal to change this moribund practice.