Friday, July 10, 2020

Catholic Readings for Feasts and Solemnities

What are Solemnities?

Solemnities are those celebrations in the Catholic Liturgical calendar that are of greatest importance. It is in a solemnity that we celebrate a mystery of our faith, an event in the life of Jesus and his mother Mary or another important saint.

On the eve of the Solemnities, we usually have first vespers (evening prayer). Some of the solemnities have their own Vigil Masses. The Gloria and the Creed are recited on these days. Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation are always considered solemnities.

What are Feasts?

Feasts are accorded less importance compared to the solemnities in our liturgical calendar. These feasts are accorded a particular day to be celebrated.

On the eve of these feasts, we do not have a vigil mass or the first vespers.

An exception to this rule would be the feasts of the Lord which occur on Sundays in the Christmas season or Sundays in Ordinary Time. On these days, the Gloria is recited but not the Creed. For example, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord has its own first vespers on February 2 each year.

The Catholic Readings for Feasts and Solemnities in the Liturgical Calendar

January 1: Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

The Epiphany of the Lord – Solemnity

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle

February 2: The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

February 22: Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle

Ash Wednesday

March 19: St Joseph’s Day, Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin

March 25: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Thursday (Maunday Thursday) – Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Chrism Mass

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion

Easter Vigil – Readings on Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Divine Mercy Sunday

April 25: Feast of St Mark the Evangelist

May 3: Feast of Saints Philip and James, Apostles

May 14: Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle

May 31: Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Ascencion of the Lord

Solemnity of Pentecost Sunday – Mass during the Day, Vigil Mass, Extended Vigil

June 1: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Memorial of St Barnabas, Apostle

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

June 19: Solemnity of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 24: Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist – Mass during the Day, and Vigil Mass

June 29: Solemnity Of Saints Peter And Paul, Apostles – Mass During The Day and Vigil Mass

July 3: Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle

July 22: Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

July 25: Feast of Saint James, Apostle

July 29: Memorial of Saint Martha

August 6: Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord

August 10: Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

August 15: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Mass During the Day and Vigil Mass

August 24: Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

September 14: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 15: Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

September 21: Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

September 29: Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels

October 2: Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels

October 18: Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist

October 28: Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

November 1: All Saints Day (Solemnity of All Saints)

November 2: The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

November 9: Feast of the Dedication of The Lateran Basilica in Rome

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – Year A, Year B, Year C

November 30: Feast of St. Andrew, Apostle

December 8: Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary

December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 24: Christmas Vigil Mass

December 24: Christmas Eve Mass During the Night

December 25: Christmas Mass at Dawn

December 25: Christmas Mass During the Day

December 26: Feast of Saint Stephen, first martyr

December 27: Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist

December 28: Feast of the Holy Innocents, martyrs

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – Year A, Year B, Year C

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