30 December 2018

Word of the Day: Octaves

OCTAVES. The seven days following a feast with the feast day itself included. Prior to the Second Vatican Council octaves were numerous in the Latin Rite. A commemoration was offered at Mass and in the Divine Office each day of the octave, and precedence given over any other feast. The octaves now observed in the universal Church are those of Christmas and Easter.
Prior to Pius XII, there were 18 octaves. He reduced them to three, and Paul VI in his destruction of the liturgy, reduced them to the two remaining.

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