Holydays of Obligation reinstated

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have taken the decision to reinstate two of the Holydays of Obligation that were transferred to the nearest Sunday back in 2006.

With effect from the First Sunday of Advent, Sunday 3rd December 2017, the following days are reinstated to their proper places in the Liturgical Calendar:

Epiphany – 6th January or the adjacent Sunday if it falls on a Saturday or a Monday.

Ascension – 40 days after the celebration of Easter (Thursday after the Sixth Sunday of Easter)

The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline in the Sacraments issued the decree approving the Bishops request on 4th August 2017.  A copy of the decree issued by the Bishops’ Conference and the Holy See can be read below.


Vatican Decree on Holydays

Bishops’ Conference Decree on Holydays

Vatican Letter on Holydays

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