Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials

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"Lest the feasts of the saints should take precedence over the feasts which commemorate the very mysteries of salvation, many of them should be left to be celebrated by a particular Church or nation or family of religious; only those should be extended to the universal Church which commemorate saints who are truly of universal importance" (Sacrosanctum Concilium, § 111).

Special celebrations are ranked in this order:

  • Solemnity
  • Feast
  • Memorial
  • Optional Memorial

The Roman Calendar of Saints