In 2021 the following Holy Days of Obligation will be observed:
- Wednesday, December 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Please note: This year the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will occur and be observed on Sunday, August 15 thus superceding the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As well, the Solemnity of All Saints occurs on Monday, November 1. In keeping with the 1992 decision of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the obligation is abrogated this year.
Time for the Easter Vigil – The Easter Vigil will be celebrated after nightfall on April 3, 2021. In territory of the Diocese of St. Augustine, sunset will be at 7:44 p.m. on the east coast at Flagler Beach and 7:48 p.m. in the west at Live Oak. By law the Easter Vigil is to take place after nightfall, i.e., once darkness has come following the time of sunset which is interpreted as “twilight.” This will occur between 8:34 and 8:38 p.m. on April 3. Therefore, the Easter Vigil may begin no earlier than 8:30 p.m. in the parishes of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
The rubrics of the Missale Romanum remind us that the Easter Vigil is the “mother of all vigils” and is the “greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it is to be unique in every single Church” (Missale Romanum, “Rubrics for the Easter Vigil,” no.2). On this holy night, the Church keeps watch, celebrating the Resurrection of Christ in the sacraments and awaiting his return in glory. It is the turning point of the Triduum, the Passover of the new covenant, which marks Christ’s passage from death to life. Therefore, no Masses of anticipation may be celebrated on Saturday, April 20 before the Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m.
Observance of the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – A reminder, once again, that the Solemnity of the Ascension has been moved to replace the Seventh Sunday of Easter. [It is no longer celebrated on Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter in the Province of Florida.] In 2020, the Ascension is celebrated on Sunday, May 16 with the accompanying Vigil on Saturday, May 15.