Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church?

Today is Ash Wednesday and I want to know if it's a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church?

I mean, it should be, since it's a very important day, the beginning of Lent.
I've been told by my mother that it's not, and I want to know if she's correct.

If Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, can anyone say why?

asked by Paris in Religion | 3106 views | 03-09-2011 at 09:06 PM

While all Roman Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on Ash Wednesday, the day is not a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
The Church emphasizes the penitential nature of Ash Wednesday by calling us to fast and abstain from meat.

The reason Ash Wednesday is not included in the Holy Day of Obligations is because they are set aside as commemorations of people, events or theological concepts.
Ash Wednesday is not part of any of these categories.

answered by Priscilla | 03-09-2011 at 09:07 PM

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