Holy Day of Obligation

Julie has a wonderful post up on All Saints’ Day, and how, as Stephen Colbert put it, “… if you’re Roman Catholic and you don’t go to Mass you’ll go to Hell.”

But a part I like even better than Stephen’s observation is this, from The Bad Catholic’s Guide to Good Living:

This feast is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means you are obliged to go to Mass. Yes, skipping church today is in fact a mortal sin — and one of the dullest in the book. Can you imagine being damned for blowing off the twenty-six-minute lturgy at your parish? You’d be the laughing stock of hell. Personally, we believe in making each of our mortal sins count; each one had better be worth the risk to our souls, the trip to Confession, the time spent purging our sins by reliving Groundhog Day over and over again. You get the idea.

Julie points out that it’s tough to get into Mass during the week, what with our schedules and all, but what’s worse? That, or spending eternity in Hell?

Besides, you could have gone last night to a Vigil Mass, and most parishes have extra Masses today. My own parish will have Mass at noon (for the lunchtimers) and at 7:30 tonight. And we typically only have Wednesday night Mass during the week. Let’s face it, it’s not like there aren’t choices. So get thee to Mass!

Oh, and don’t forget that you can gain an indulgence for going to Mass tomorrow, which is All Souls’ Day, providing you qualify yourself with the big three requirements: Confession (and a detachment from sin), Communion (taken care of if you go to Mass), and praying for the Holy Father’s intentions. (Thanks, Ma Beck, for the reminder. Hopefully, Hubby can meet us girls for Mass at lunch near his office tomorrow!)

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