In the liturgical revisions after Vatican II, the more complex hierarchy of feasts was simplified, so that we now have solemnities, feasts, memorials and optional memorials, the last of which dot the calendar, and are, as their name implies, optional, so that we may celebrate them as our proclivity – primarily our devotion – moves us.
On that note, today we have one of those rare days where we have a choice of three (four, if we include the default ‘Easter weekday’ option).
So, here they are, in chronological order:
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