A couple of weeks ago I scheduled a surgical procedure for November 1st. It wasn’t until last night (Saturday) that I remembered that November 1st is All Saints Day. Would it be a sin for me to miss this Holy Day of Obligation under the circumstances. I thought of going to a Mass before my arrival at the Hospital, but am unable to eat or drink before the surgery, so I would not be able to go to Communion. I am also unable to go to a Vigil the night before because I work until 7 pm.
Well, if you can make it before the surgery, then go. Just don’t receive the blessed Sacrament, to keep your surgical fast. We are only required to receive communion once a year. If you can’t go, due to the surgery, then don’t go. I’ll bet God will understand.
Of all the reasons people give for missing a day of obligation, I’d say a surgery is 100% OK.
Thank you for the prayers. I made it through the surgery and am now hoping to survive the recovery period!
Incidentally, despite my desire to attend Mass on All Saints Day I did not feel up to going physically. I checked EWTN and they were airing a Mass celebrated by Father Francis Mary so I was able to participate in this way and make a Spiritual Communion.
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