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holy day of obligation

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Roman Catholic Church A feast on which the faithful are obliged to hear Mass and abstain from servile work.

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  • n. a day when Catholics must attend Mass and refrain from servile work, and Episcopalians must take Communion

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