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BIRTHDAY

The liturgical custom since ancient times of celebrating the death of a saint as his or her birthday in eternal life. The two exceptions are the nativity of the Blessed Virgin (September 8) and of John the Baptist (June 24).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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