The Church Year: Feb. 24, 2012

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion, Liturgical Year

Today is the Friday after Ash Wednesday. The liturgical color is violet.


Saints & Celebrations:

On February 24, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Matthias, apostle, who died in A.D. 80. It is a Class II day. In leap years, the Feast of St. Matthias is kept on Feb. 25. Any feasts that may follow to the end of the month are postponed a day.

If you’d like to learn more about St. Matthias, you can click here.

For information about other saints, blesseds, and feasts celebrated today, you can click here.



To see today’s readings in the Ordinary Form, you can click here.

Or you can click play to listen to them:


Devotional Information:

According to the Holy See’s Directory on Popular Piety:

Notwithstanding the secularization of contemporary society, the Christian faithful, during Lent, are clearly conscious of the need to turn the mind towards those realities which really count, which require Gospel commitment and integrity of life which, through self denial of those things which are superfluous, are translated into good works and solidarity with the poor and needy.

Those of the faithful who infrequently attend the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist should be aware of the long ecclesial tradition associating the precept of confessing grave sins and receive Holy Communion at least once during the lenten season, or preferably during Eastertide.

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