holy day of obligation

holy day of obligation

noun
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.

Origin:
1930–35

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holy day of obligation
 
n
a major feastday of the Roman Catholic Church on which Catholics are bound to attend Mass and refrain from servile work

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