Holydays of Obligation

England and Wales

With effect from the 1st Sunday of Advent 2006, three of the present holydays of obligation are transferred to Sundays. This decision was made by the Bishops of England and Wales, and has been confirmed by the Holy See.

This transference of days of celebration is provided for in the General Norms for the Liturgical Year (1969) [pdf]. Similar decisions have already been made by Bishops' Conferences elsewhere, for example the Bishops Conferences of Ireland and Scotland, France and Italy, and the United States.

Summary Information

From the 1st Sunday of Advent 2006 the Holydays of Obligations for England and Wales changed. They are:

The following celebrations have been transferred to the Sunday:

Summary Table of Liturgical Dates
2012 2013 2014 2015
2012 2013 2014 2015
Lectionary (Sunday/Weekday) B/II C/I A/II B/I
First Sunday of Advent 27 November 2011 2 December 2012 1 December 2013 30 November 2014
Birth of the Lord 25 December 25 December 25 December 25 December
Epiphany 8 January 6 January 5 January 4 January
Ash Wednesday 22 February 13 February 5 March 18 February
Easter Sunday 8 April 31 March 20 April 5 April
Ascension 20 May 12 May 1 June 17 May
Pentecost 27 May 19 May 8 June 24 May
The Body and Blood of Christ 10 June 2 June 22 June 7 June
St Peter & St Paul 29 June 30 June 29 June 28 June
Assumption 15 August 15 August 15 August 16 August
All Saints 1 November 1 November 2 November 1 November
First Sunday of Advent 2 December 1 December 30 November 29 November