Holy day obligation waived

Aug. 15 is the feast of the Assumption, which commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into heaven. Because the feast falls on a Monday this year, the holy day obligation is abrogated, or temporarily waived, for U.S. Catholics of the Latin rite.

The holy day obligation requires the faithful to participate in the Mass and abstain from works that "hinder the worship to be rendered to God … or the suitable relaxation of mind and body," according to the Code of Canon Law.

Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith Nov. 1, 1950.

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