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holy day of obligation Syllabification: holy day of obligation

Definition of holy day of obligation in English:


(In the Roman Catholic Church) a day on which Roman Catholics are required to attend Mass.
Example sentences
  • It's the third Thursday in May, Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church.
  • They attended Mass every Sunday and on holy days of obligation.
  • This Thursday, August 15, is a holy day of obligation.

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