Dec. 8 is a holy day of obligation


By Catholic Review staff

Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore will observe the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Dec. 8 – a holy day of obligation.

Unlike some other feast days that do not require Mass attendance when they fall on a Saturday, the requirement to attend Mass is still attached to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception even though it falls on a Saturday this year. The United States is under the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception.

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a centuries-old feast of the church celebrating Mary’s conception without original sin. Pope Pius IX formally defined the dogma in 1854.

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