holy day of obligation

noun
a day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion
Hypernyms: ↑Christian holy day
Hyponyms:

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1. : one of the days on which Roman Catholics are obliged to hear mass and abstain from servile work

Sunday is a common holy day of obligation

2. : one of the days on which communicants of the Episcopal Church are obliged to take Communion

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1. a day on which Roman Catholics are duty-bound to attend Mass and abstain from certain kinds of work.
2. a day on which Episcopalians are expected to take communion.
[1930-35]

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holy day of obligation
(esp in the Roman Catholic Church) an important religious festival, on which attendance in church is obligatory
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Main Entry:oblige

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holy day of obligation,
1. any one of certain days on which Roman Catholics are required to abstain from servile work and to attend Mass.
2. a day on which members of the Episcopal Church are required to take Communion.

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['hōlē dā əv; ə ˌäblə'gāshən]
n. (in the Roman Catholic Church) a day on which Roman Catholics are required to attend Mass

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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