Holy Days of Obligation and Liturgical Celebrations

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Holy Days of Obligation and Liturgical Celebrations

To be observed in the Diocese of Orange


Thursday, August 15th, 2014
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Solemnity of All Saints
Ritual Mass for the Celebration of Marriage is forbidden on Solemnities.  The Mass of the Day is used with the nuptial blessing.
Not a Holy day of Obligation this year.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Day of Obligation
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Holy Day of Obligation
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What are the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States?

At their plenary assembly in November 1991, the members of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved two motions, which affect the observance of holy days of obligation in the dioceses of the United States. They decided that whenever  August 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or November 1, the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.

The action was confirmed by the Conference for Bishops on July 4, 1992 (Prot. N. 296/84) and the letter of confirmation was signed by Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, Prefect, and Archbishop Justin Rigali, Secretary. Pope John Paul II approved and confirmed the same on the same date.