Holy Days of Obligation

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Mosaic from the Baptistery of St. John’s, Florence. By Ricardo André Frantz. (Image/Wikimedia Commons)

Many clergy bemoan the lack of church attendance on Holy Days of Obligation, some of which fall squarely in the middle of the work week in a very work-obsessed culture. Here’s a perspective that you may not have considered.

In a past that we romanticize far too much, even pious people sometimes came to church on Days of Obligation only. Some were too isolated to do otherwise! Some of you guys had an evening Mass on a weekday, and people showed up at all.

Thank you for your service.

Collect 

O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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