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and a holyday of obligation.  It is well confusing with these holy days.

Since people, for a very long time, have been celebrating the evening (after six, sunset, teatime, or vespers?  I’m not quite sure of the proper definition) with a ‘vigil’ of the day before, for some reason, they decided that the Saturday evening Mass should be the Mass of the Sunday following, and that this counted towards the Sunday obligation, which is logical and clears things up.

Then they said that this made it confusing if a holy day was on a Saturday or a Monday, because which mass did you have to pick in the evening? So they decided to simplify it: holydays on Saturday or Monday would be switched to Sunday.

However, people round here forget that a holy day of obligation means both that you have to go mass and also that you should take the day off work, close the catholic school, etc., whereever possible (not if it’s not possible obviously).  So they decided that ‘feasts of our lord’ should be transferred to the Sunday.  Except Christmas, of course.

So that means that holydays in England and Wales are: All Saints, Christmas Day, St Peter and St Paul, and Assumption, and every Sunday.

Simple? No, it’s well confusing.  Especially if the last time that there was actually a holyday during a school term was 2007.  (because the last time All Saints was on a weekday, it was half term in our LEA).

Anyway.  St Peter, St Paul. Two very completely different types of person, who overcame their personal imperfections to become the founding members of the christian church.

Music: Christus vincit, Full in the panting heart of Rome, etc.
Cake: Rock cake (for St Peter)
And wasn’t St Paul a tent maker?

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