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« on: January 20, 2016, 02:14:36 PM »
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  • According to the Wikipedia page on Holy Days of Obligation, Pope Pius X deceased the number of Holy Days of Obligation from 36 to 8 in 1911, and then Pope Benedict XV increased the number to 10 in 1917, which is what we observe now.  Does anyone have a list of the 36 days that were observed prior to 1911?  The current list is as follows:

    Immaculate Conception
    Christmas
    Circumcision
    Epiphany
    St. Joseph
    Ascension
    Corpus Christi (added by Benedict XV)
    Saints Peter and Paul (added by Benedict XV)
    Assumption
    All Saints

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    Former Holy Days of Obligation
    « Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 05:36:25 PM »
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  • According to Catholic Answers:

    The Holy Trinity:

    1. Nativity
    2. Circumcision
    3. Epiphany
    4. Monday within the Octave of the Resurrection
    5. Tuesday within the Octave of the Resurrection
    6. Ascension
    7. Monday within the Octave of Pentecost
    8. Tuesday within the Octave of Pentecost
    9. Most Holy Trinity
    10. Most Holy Body of Christ
    11. Finding of the Holy Cross

    The Blessed Virgin:

    12. Purification BVM
    13. Annunciation BVM
    14. Assumption BVM
    15. Nativity BVM
    16. Immaculate Conception BVM (by Clement XI)

    The Saints:

    17. Dedication of St. Michael
    18. Nativity of St. John Baptist
    19. Ss. Peter and Paul
    20. St. Andrew
    21. St. James
    22. St. John (the December feast)
    23. St. Thomas
    24. Ss. Philip and James
    25. St. Bartholmew
    26. St. Matthew
    27. Ss. Simon and Jude
    28. St. Matthias
    29. St. Stephen (the December feast)
    30. The Holy Innocents
    31. St. Lawrence
    32. St. Sylvester
    33. St. Joseph
    34. St. Anne
    35. All Saints
    36. Principle Patrons of Country, City, etc.

    It is my understanding that these holy days were on the universal calendar but by the 1900s few countries, if any, celebrated most of these as holy days.  According to Catholic Encyclopedia, Pope St. Pius X reduced the number of holy days of obligation to those that were more typically celebrated worldwide in order to make the list of holy days for the universal church to be more uniform throughout the world.

    Prior to this change by Pope St. Pius X, most of these feasts were not, for example, obligatory in the United States.


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    « Reply #2 on: January 21, 2016, 01:54:19 PM »
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  • Thanks for the information!

     

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