What's the holiest day of the year?

I always thought that Easter was the holiest day of the year. Then I got to thinking: at Mass, we “proclaim your death, Lord Jesus”, not “your resurrection.” On this website, I was told that it’s because Christ’s death was “more important,” as it reconciled us to God, whereas the resurrection ‘merely’ proved that Jesus is God. So then would Good Friday, the day when Jesus died, be considered the holiest day of the year?

The Easter vigil is the Highest Holy Day of the liturgical year.

The holiest days of the year are the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. The mystery of our redemption is made visible in the liturgy.

I want to select “Other”- my birthday :wink:

Easter - if that event doesn’t happen everything else is useless for our salvation and Jesus become a Buddha figure and not the salvation of mankind.

The holiest day of the year is the 'theological ‘eight day’. The most solemn day, however, is the Easter Triduum which is one event broken over three days.

The “holiest day of the year” is always “today.”

I haven’t voted yet, but IF it wasn’t due to the fact that Jesus CAME to earth, He couldn’t have the Easter Tridium (sp).

I voted Good Friday. Without the shed blood there would be no salvation. There is no other day called good,just like God is the only one who is Good. God Bless

The Bible gives us the answer on that one. St. Paul says that if Christ is not risen, then our faith is vain, and we are the unhappiest of men. (1 Cor 15.) Easter is the center of our religion.


Hi C.D.,

What stops the average joe from Baptizing someone?

Nothing. Baptism administered with the right intention and formula is valid. Even an atheist can do it.

Here however is the normal procedure, from Canon Law:

Can. 861 §1 The ordinary minister of baptism is a Bishop, a priest or a deacon, without prejudice to the provision of can. 530, n. 1. [This canon speaks of the privileges of parish priests.)

§2 If the ordinary minister is absent or impeded, a catechist or some other person deputed to this office by the local Ordinary, may lawfully confer baptism; indeed, in a case of necessity, any person who has the requisite intention may do so. Pastors of souls, especially parish priests, are to be diligent in ensuring that Christ’s faithful are taught the correct way to baptise.

Can. 862 Except in a case of necessity, it is unlawful for anyone without due permission to confer baptism outside his own territory, not even upon his own subjects.

Can. 863 The baptism of adults, at least of those who have completed their fourteenth year, is to be referred to the Bishop, so that he himself may confer it if he judges this appropriate.

Can. 868 §1 For an infant to be baptised lawfully it is required:

1° that the parents, or at least one of them, or the person who lawfully holds their place, give their consent;

2° that there be a well-founded hope that the child will be brought up in the catholic religion. If such hope is truly lacking, the baptism is, in accordance with the provisions of particular law, to be deferred and the parents advised of the reason for this.

§2 An infant of catholic parents, indeed even of non-catholic parents, may in danger of death be baptised even if the parents are opposed to it.

Baptizing a child without parents’ consent is wrong, a very serious matter.


The Church’s liturgy clearly points to the Feast of the Resurrection.

If you look in the Ordo, you will see that Easter Sunday, and every day after it for the next week, is a Solemnity. That week, known as an Octave, follows all major Solemnities; however, for every other Solemnity, Christmas, Epiphany, Pentacost, all of them, the Octave days are at most Feasts, one level below a Solemnity. Ony Easter, and its full Octave, is so celebrated.



I voted Easter as it is the apex of the Church’s calender, but I would suggest that every Sunday is the Holiest day of the year. Keeps us on our toes!

I was sure the answer was Easter, but I’m still a little confused as to where the word Easter came from.

As many have pointed out, the holiest days are the Easter Triduum from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, plus the Octave of Easter. These are the highest-ranked solemnities on the calendar and kick off all other solemnities, feasts, and memorials.

For example, when is Annunciation celebrated this year and why?

I did not vote because I personally think that it is Christmas but I have heard more than one priest say that it is Easter so I guess that is the correct answer that I would answer with my “head” but an answer from my “heart” would still be Christmas – did any of that make any sense to anybody :rolleyes:

And according to our priest at the Sunday noon mass, the Easter Vigil is the most solemn ceremony in the liturgical year.

Never attended one, but I will make it a point to attend next years Easter Vigil.

I,m rethinking my previous answer. Ive come to the conclusion that its Good Friday and Easter together. You cannot have one without the other. :wink: God Bless

The Feast of the Annunciation will be celebrated on April 4 this year because it fell on Good Friday. Good Friday liturgy takes precedence because it being part of the Easter Triduum. Now, since the Annuciation is high ranking on the calendar, it is transfered to the next available day outside the Easter Octave which in this case is Monday, April 4th.

Good Friday…Cucifixion comes before the Glory…without it there would be none…