holy day of obligation

Definitions of holy day of obligation
  1. noun
    a day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion
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    January 1, Solemnity of Mary
    (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, Assumption of Mary, August 15
    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, Christmas Day, Dec 25, Xmas
    a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ; a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland
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    Christian holy day
    a religious holiday for Christians
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