Meaning of day of obligation in English:

day of obligation


  • (in the Roman Catholic Church) a day on which all are required to attend Mass.

    ‘What the Catechism in fact says, correctly cited by Haring, is that ‘the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation unless excused for a serious reason.’’
    • ‘Holy days of obligation are celebrated on the nearest Sunday so as to avoid inconvenience or the interruption of secular patterns of living.’
    • ‘Saturday next is St. Patrick's Day and is a Holy day of obligation.’
    • ‘It is both a precept of the Church and Church law that Catholics must worship God on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation by participating in the Holy Mass.’
    • ‘The conference of bishops can abolish certain holy days of obligation or transfer them to a Sunday with prior approval of the Apostolic See.’