Wednesday, December 31, 2008

What are the 10 Holy Days of Obligation

(Journey in a Broken World )

Article by Marc Aupiais

Canon 1246, of the Universal law of the Church: Canon Law, demands: that in addition to Sundays: unless a bishops conference transfers, or alters, with Vatican permission: such: 10 days of Obligation are to be celebrated in the Holy Church. If this is revoked: it needs permission by the Vatican. South Africa has published no information on these in South Africa: to my knowledge: for this reason: we shall simply give the dates of each of these: and assume until further notice: that we are obligated to attend on these: (In South Africa: one must attend on three days other than Sundays: c.f. Days of Holy Obligation in South Africa)

Holy Days of Obligation in the Universal Church: (Day in Red, date in black)

1) The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ : Which is on 25th December: yearly (Christmas Day).

2) The Epiphany : Which is on 6th January: yearly.
3) The Ascension : Which is on the Thursday of the Sixth Week of the Easter season.
4) The Body and Blood of Christ : Which is on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday, which is the Sunday after Pentecost, which is also a Sunday. (11 days aft Pentecost: given below)
5) Holy Mary: the Mother of God : Which is on 1st of January: yearly
6) The Immaculate Conception of Mary : Which is on 8th December, Yearly
7) The Assumption into Heaven: of the blessed Virgin Mary : Which is on 15th August, yearly
8) Saint Joseph : Which is on 19th March, yearly.
9) Saint Peter and Saint Paul the Apostles : Which is on 29 June, yearly.
10) All Saints : Which is on 1st November, yearly.

Much of this information is based on:
http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/holy_days_of_obligation.htm
and The Sunday Missal, and
Most churches list feast days in the week: if the list shows a day on a Sunday instead, then your church has changed it in your area.
According to the Sunday Missal: Pentacost until 2040 will be: (given in pink, in dark red is Corpus Christi (Body of Christ: called the The Body and Blood of Christ above: a feast day))
2009: 31st May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 11th June
2010: 23rd May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 03th June
2011: 12th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 23th June
2012: 27th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 07th June
2013: 19th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 30th May
2014: 08th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 19th June
2015: 24th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 04th June
2016: 15th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 26th May
2017: 04th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 15th June
2018: 20th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 31th May
2019: 09th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 20th June

2020: 31st May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 11th June
2021: 23st May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 03th June
2022: 05th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 16th June
2023: 28th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 08th June
2024: 19th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 30th May
2025: 08th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 19th June
2026: 24th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 04th June
2027: 16th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 27th May
2028: 04th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 15th June
2029: 20th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 31th May

2030: 09th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 20th June
2031: 01th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 12th June
2032: 16th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 27th May
2033: 05th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 16th June
2034: 28th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 08th June
2035: 13th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 24th May
2036: 01th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 12th May
2037: 24th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 04th May
2038: 13th June: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 24th May
2039: 29th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 09th June

2040: 20th May: Body and Blood of Christ will be on 31th May

Information compiled on date of Corpus Christi: from Sunday Missal (2005; Collins; England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland version)
Holy Days of Obligation in the Universal Catholic Church (Latin Rite):


the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension, the Body and Blood of Christ, Holy Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception, her Assumption, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter and Saint Paul the Apostles, and All Saints.


Some canons of note:

"CHAPTER I.

Can. 1246 §1. Sunday, on which by apostolic tradition the paschal mystery is celebrated, must be observed in the universal Church as the primordial holy day ofobligation. The following days must also be observed: the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension, the Body and Blood of Christ, Holy Marythe Mother of God, her Immaculate Conception, her Assumption, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter and Saint Paul the Apostles, and All Saints.
§2. With the prior approval of the Apostolic See, however, the conference of bishops can suppress some of the holy days of obligation or transfer them to a Sunday.
Can. 1247 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass.
Moreover, they are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitablerelaxation of mind and body.
Can. 1248 §1. A person who assists at a Mass celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the feast day itself or in the evening of the preceding day satisfies theobligation of participating in the Mass.
§2. If participation in the eucharistic celebration becomes impossible because of the absence of a sacred minister or for another grave cause, it is stronglyrecommended that the faithful take part in a liturgy of the word if such a liturgy is celebrated in a parish church or other sacred place according to the prescripts of thediocesan bishop or that they devote themselves to prayer for a suitable time alone, as a family, or, as the occasion permits, in groups of families." (Adapted into proper English)
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG1104/_P4N.HTM


In South Africa: one must attend on three days other than Sundays: c.f. Days of Holy Obligation in South Africa

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