From a reader…
Hi Father Z,
I’m confused about this Friday and the obligation to do penance this Friday. Our Bishops’ Conference (Canada) transferred the Feast of Epiphany to the Sunday, but we who follow the 1962 Calendar observe it on the Friday. Does that mean we still have to do penance on Friday, since the Bishops officially moved the Feast Day to Sunday, or are we exempt because we’re celebrating Epiphany on the Friday? I’m confused. Please help.
If the Canadian bishops where you are (Canadia) have determined – contrary to tradition – to anoint the intentional euthanizing of Epiphany and it to Sunday (which is already a day of obligation), then Friday is no longer a “Solemnity”.
Only a Solemnity ranks high enough to suppress the obligation for penance. Therefore, you are obliged on Friday to do penance, even though it is traditional Epiphany.
Even if you attend an Extraordinary Form Mass (or perhaps some Eastern Rite Divine Worship) celebrating the Epiphany on Friday, then 6 January is not a Solemnity in these USA or in Canadia … unless your parish is dedicated to St. Andre Bessette… no, wait, St. Andre Bessette in Canada is, I think, on 7 January… too bad.