What we lose when Holy Days are moved

SIR – Fr Matthew Pittam’s article on Marian devotion (August 18) makes an interesting point, namely that abandoning traditional devotions to Our Lady did nothing to advance Christian unity, and resulted in a whole generation having little or no experience of the power of praying to Our Lady.

I think the same argument also applies to the liturgical calendar. I find it incredible that local bishops decide whether crucial feast days such as the Epiphany, the Ascension, Corpus Christi, the Assumption and the Immaculate Conception should be Holy Days of Obligation. Presumably, this change was made in order to encourage a greater turnout on the nearest Sundays. In fact, it has done nothing of the sort and resulted in many of these great feasts being devalued. It has also left a whole generation of Catholics with no real sense of why and when these feast days are celebrated.

Let’s support the rededication of England as Mary’s Dowry, and the return of celebrating our great feast days on their proper dates.

James J McDevitt


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