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Liturgical notes for the first portion of the Liturgical Year (First Sunday of Advent through Epiphany)

Updated 16 days ago

To aid pastors and parishes with their planning, the Office of Sacred Worship provides these liturgical notes for the first portion of the Liturgical Year (November 28, the First Sunday of Advent, through January 2, the Epiphany of the Lord).

November 28, 2021

  • The 2022 Liturgical Year begins on the First Sunday of Advent, November 28.

December 12

  • Sunday, December 12 is the Third Sunday of Advent.
  • The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is omitted this year. Our Lady of Guadalupe may be appropriately honored in the Homily, the Universal Prayer, and hymns during the Sunday Liturgy. If pastoral advantage calls for it (cf. GIRM no. 376), a Votive Mass of our Lady of Guadalupe may be celebrated on a weekday before or after December 12, with the proper readings and prayers.

Liturgical considerations for Christmas 2021 and January 1, 2022

  • December 25, 2021 falls on a Saturday. It remains a Holy Day of Obligation. We can participate in the Mass celebrating the Solemnity by the following:
    • Christmas Eve Vigil Mass (4:00 pm and after on December 24)
    • Mass during the Night (December 24)
    • Mass at Dawn (December 25)
    • Mass during the Day (December 25)
  • Sunday, December 26 is the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Family.
  • Saturday, January 1, 2022, is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. This year, since the Solemnity falls on a Saturday, it is not a Holy Day of obligation.
    • Parishes may still celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God with a vigil Mass on Friday evening, Dec. 31, 2021, as well as with a Mass the morning of January 1, 2022. Be mindful of the availability of liturgical ministers when determining the schedule for any Masses on January 1.
  • Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord would be celebrated after 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 2, 2022.