Holy Day of Obligation

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In the Catholic Church, the Holy Days of Obligation are the days, other than Sundays, on which the faithful are required to attend Mass. The 1983 Code of Canon Law standardized ten days to be observed as Holy Days of Obligation throughout the Church. These days are:

Red vestments are worn at Mass held on the Feast of SS Peter and Paul. White vestments are worn at Mass held on all other holy days of obligation, even those which fall during a season of the liturgical year when some other colour is used.


Observation by country

The conference of bishops in a particular country or region may suppress the observance of these days, or transfer it to another day, with the permission of the Vatican. In some cases the obligation is observed during the following weekend mass. At times if a Holy Day is on a Monday or Saturday the observance will be held during regular weekend mass. They may also make the feast day of county's patron saint a holy day of obligation.


  • Christmas
  • The Epiphany (observed on following Sunday)
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • The Ascension (observed on following Sunday)
  • Corpus Christi (observed on following Sunday)


  • Christmas
  • The Epiphany (observed on the Sunday after January 1)
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • The Ascension
  • All Saints


  • Christmas
  • Mary, the Mother of God
  • The Epiphany (observed on following Sunday)
  • The Ascension (observed on following Sunday)
  • Corpus Christi (observed on following Sunday)

England and Wales

  • Christmas
  • The Epiphany
  • St. Peter and St. Paul
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • All Saints
  • The Ascension
  • Corpus Christi


  • The Immaculate Conception
  • Christmas
  • The Epiphany
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • All Saints

The Netherlands

  • Christmas
  • The Ascension


  • Christmas
  • Mary, the Mother of God
  • Epiphany
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • All Saints
  • The Ascension (observed on following Sunday)
  • Corpus Christi

United States

By Decree of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), promulgated November 17, 1992 by the Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of Cincinnati, and confirmed by the Apostolic See on July 4, 1992, the Holy Days of Obligation for Latin Rite Catholics in the United States are:

  • The Immaculate Conception
  • The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
  • Mary, the Mother of God
  • Ascension (observed on the following Sunday in many dioceses)
  • The Assumption of Mary
  • All Saints Day

See also

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