Here at Blessed Is The Kingdom, we have recently been on a crusade to promote a new term for those days during the liturgical year that we celebrate with special honor and festivity. Catholics have become accustomed to calling them, Holy Days of Obligation, since Christians should feel obligated to celebrate their faith. My own thoughts, and at this point I don’t think I am alone in thinking this, are that referring to these days as obligatory (even they they are) tends to make them more of something we have to do versus something we love doing and wouldn’t miss for the world. With this in mind, I have decided to simply refer to them as Holy Days of Awesome.
Today we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, one of our yearly Holy Days of Awesome. As we come to the end of this feast day, I would like to propose an idea to those who have supported this new way of speaking about holy days. Since I am pretty certain that the term Holy Day of Awesome is unlikely to get any official recognition from the Vatican, it is probably safe for us to claim the term as our own. With this in mind, I would like to suggest we could expand the list of Holy Days of Awesome beyond our current official holy days to increase their number.
In addition to certain Holy Days that always fall on a Sunday such as Easter and Pentecost, in the United States we celebrate six Holy Days of Awesome (Obligation). They are: Mary, the Mother of God (January 1), The Ascension (40 days after Easter), The Assumption (August 15), All Saints (November 1), The Immaculate Conception (December 8), and Christmas (December 25). There are also the feasts of Epiphany and Corpus Christi which have been transferred to Sundays.
So my question to the readers of this blog is, what other days of the liturgical year should qualify as Holy Days of Awesome and why? I would like to begin by nominating the feast of the Transfiguration. Since our lives as Christians should be about entering further each day into the divine life of God, I would propose the feast of the Transfiguration is in fact a Holy Day of Awesome. Nominations are now open.