Monday, May 11, 2015

#HipsterHolyDays: We Want More Obligations!

In the 1983 Code of Canon Law, canon 1246, the Church lays out the prescribed Holy Days of Obligation. There are ten holy days listed in the Canon, however, the various Bishops' Conferences around the world have the option of decreasing the number of holy days of obligation as they see fit, in addition to being able to transfer others to Sundays.

In the United States, we celebrate 6 Holy Days of Obligation. Now that may seem pretty week to my fellow Catholic Hipster out there, but consider the fact that some countries (Hong Kong, for example) have just 1!! It's Christmas, by the way...

Well, today we embark on a quest to discover which Holy Day of Obligation we hipsters want to bring back to its rightful place. Which transferred or suppressed Holy Day would you most like to see given its proper status? 

It's time for #HipsterHolyDays!


In the United States, we have seen the Epiphany, the Ascension, and Corpus Christi all transferred to the nearest Sunday, while the poor Solemnities of St. Joseph and Sts. Peter and Paul saw their obligations removed altogether. 

I would venture to say that there isn't much a Catholic Hipster loves more than going to Mass on a non-Sunday feast day. It's such an exciting way to set the day apart from all the others, help you connect with your Catholic faith more deeply, and just feel that special feeling all day long. 

So, which of these five Holy Days of Obligation would you most like to see brought back to its proper place? Vote in the poll on the right hand side of this page (voting ends Sunday at 11:59 pm, my time), and be sure to make your voice heard on Twitter via the hashtag #HipsterHolyDays. 

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