Fourth Sunday of Advent and Christmas Require Two Masses

15
Dec
2017

This year, two holy days of obligation fall next to each other: the fourth Sunday of Advent on December 24 and Christmas Day on December 25. Both of these holy days carry the obligation of attending Mass; therefore, the faithful are obligated to attend two separate Masses. The obligation for the fourth Sunday of Advent may be fulfilled by attending Mass any time from the evening of Saturday, December 23, to the end of Sunday, December 24; and the obligation for Christmas may be fulfilled by attending a Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve or Mass on Christmas Day.