Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart. But what does the word “solemnity” mean?
Solemnities are the highest degree and are usually reserved for the most important mysteries of faith. These include Easter, Pentecost and the Immaculate Conception; the principal titles of Our Lord, such as King and Sacred Heart; and celebrations that honor some saints of particular importance in salvation history, such as Sts. Peter and Paul, and St. John the Baptist on his day of birth.
Solemnities have the same basic elements as a Sunday: three readings, prayer of the faithful, the Creed and the Gloria which is recited even when the solemnity occurs during Advent or Lent. (quoted at EWTN.com)
On a solemnity, not only do we celebrate a Sunday-style Mass during the week, but we don’t have to abstain from meat if the solemnity falls on a Friday!
Our writers have offered some excellent information about this solemnity and how to observe it with your family:
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