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Holydays of Obligation - England and Wales

02/09/2017 10:33 am

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With effect from the First Sunday of Advent 2017, two holydays of obligation are being reinstated. This decision was made by the Bishops of England and Wales, and has been confirmed by the Holy See.

The days are:

The Epiphany of the Lord — 6 January (transferred to the adjacent Sunday when it falls on Saturday or Monday)

The Ascension of the Lord — Thursday after Sixth Sunday of Easter

Downloads

CBCEW Decree on Holydays 649.38 kB

Vatican Decree on Holydays 154.95 kB

Vatican Letter on Holydays 861.99 kB

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More information can be found on the Liturgy Office website.

11 Sept 2017
Why the Catholic Bishops have restored two Holy Days

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Holydays: Background

holydays-background.pdf 78.98 kB

A PDF download giving background information on the obligation associated with holydays of obligation.

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CBCEW Decree on Holydays

cbcew-decree-holydays-obligation-010917.pdf 649.38 kB

The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a decree confirming that the celebration of the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated on its particular day, namely, forty days after Easter; the celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord on its particular day, namely, 6 January.

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Vatican Decree on Holydays

vatican-decree-holydays-obligation-eng-wal.pdf 154.95 kB

An English translation of the Decree, issued by the Holy See's Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 4 August 2017, approving the Bishops' request that the celebration of the solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord will be celebrated on its particular day, namely, forty days after Easter; the celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord on its particular day, namely, 6 January.