Definition of Holy day of obligation
1. Noun. A day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion.
Specialized synonyms: January 1, Solemnity Of Mary, Ascension, Ascension Day, Ascension Of The Lord, Assumption, Assumption Of Mary, August 15, All Saints' Day, Allhallows, Hallowmas, Hallowmass, November 1, December 8, Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Christmas Day, Dec 25, Xmas
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Literary usage of Holy day of obligation
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Its celebration is prohibited, however, on (a) any holy day of obligation, including Sundays: (b) all doubles of the first or second class; ..."
2. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"... for the blessings granted during its course, and New Year's Day is a holy day of obligation, because on it falls the Feast of the Circumcision. ..."
3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"... to the feast of the conception of the Virgin Mary; Clement XI. raised the festival in 1708 to the rank of a holy day of obligation for the whole Church. ..."
4. Anecdotes and Examples Illustrating the Catholic Catechism by Francis Spirago (1904)
"Q. Is it a mortal sin not to hear Mass on a Sunday or a holy day of obligation ? A. It is a mortal sin not to hear Mass on a Sunday or a holy day of ..."
5. Mores Catholici, Or, Ages of Faith by Kenelm Henry Digby (1844)
"In England, from the introduction of Christianity till the Pontificate of Pius VIII. it was devoutly observed as a holy- day of obligation. ..."