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Organisations: Universal Church
Locations: Surrey


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WHY DO the Church authorities, uniquely in England so far

as I can see, have to tamper with the historic calendar in seeking to ease the lot of the faithful in regard to "obligation"?

Remitting the requirement to attend Mass on certain weekdays need not result in a distortion of the liturgical year which makes many books of devotion useless.

Because the Feast of the Assumption falls on a Saturday or a Monday surely does not necessitate the Church in England and Wales being out of step with the Universal Church (including all the Eastern Churches since before the Schisms) in celebrating a major feast of the Mother of God?

Many continental countries, even those of Catholic tradition, remit the obligation to the nearest Sunday; some, although allegedly "secular" observe the Feast Day itself as a holiday, whatever the day of week.

Shall we eventually see "Christmas Day" itself celebrated on the 24th or 26th of December?

As it is I felt somewhat diminished in the eyes of my Orthodox friends when a priest announcing Mass on August 15 said "Today, except in England and Wales, the Church honours the Assumption of Our Lady; since it it a Saturday we shall have a Mass in honour of Our Lady anyway!"

Had the authorities stuck to the right day this year it would at least have been better weather, and since many often do go to Mass before shopping there might have been an overall bigger weekend attendance.

Philip Daniel Redhill, Surrey

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