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Saints’ Days

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Author(s): Harnoncourt, Philipp
[German Version] The dedication of certain dates to the commemoration of one or more saints is a special form of Christian veneration of saints (Saints/Veneration of the saints). On saints’ days, the liturgy (Mass, Liturgy of the hours) usually focuses on the day itself. Today there is a distinction between saints’ days (1) in the strict sense and (2) in a graduated broader sense. 1. Strict sense. Saints’ days originated in the commemoration of the dead in antiquity on the anniversary of their death ( dies obitus) or burial ( dies depositionis) or, in the case of relics, the day of th…