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OPTIONAL MEMORIAL

A feast day in the revised liturgy; it may be observed at the option of the priest in offering Mass or of those reciting the Liturgy of the Hours. The new Roman calendar has ninety-five optional memorials. They are all feast days of saints whose memory the Church encourages the faithful to celebrate, without strictly requiring their observance.

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

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