Celebrating the Saints and the Feasts of the Church

Celebrating the Saints and the Feasts of the Church

Most saints have specially designated feast days. On those days we remember these holy men and women in a special way. The tradition arose from the early Christian custom of commemorating each martyr annually on the date of his or her death, or birth into heaven, a date therefore referred to in Latin as the martyr's dies natalis ("day of birth"). The Church also celebrates special events or happenings in the history of the Church with solemnities, feasts, and memorials. The saint days and other celebrations in the month of December are: 

 

December 3 - Saint Francis Xavier, priest

December 7 - Saint Ambrose, bishop and doctor of the Church

December 8 - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 13 - Saint Lucy, virgin and martyr

December 14 - Saint John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church

December 25 - The Nativity of the Lord (Holy Day of Obligation)

December 26 - Saint Stephen, the first martyr

December 27 - Saint John, apostle and evangelist

December 28 - The Holy Innocents, martyrs

December 30 - The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph (Holy Day of Obligation)

 

All you holy men and women, pray for us!