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A Solemnity of the Roman Catholic Church observes an event in the life of Jesus, Mary, and the saints, beginning on the evening prior to actual date. Solemnity is made up of Latin words solet and annus, meaning a yearly (annual) celebration. They are observed throughout the entire Church.
Solemnities observed by the Roman Church
|January 1||Mary, Mother of God|
|Sunday between Jan 2 & 8|
|March 19||Joseph, Husband of Mary|
|March/April (varies)||Easter Triduum|
|40 days after Easter||Ascension of the Lord|
|50 days after Easter|
|Sunday after Pentecost|
|Sunday after Holy Trinity||Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)|
|Friday after Body & Blood|
|June 24||Birth of John the Baptist|
|November (varies, always Sun)||Christ the King|