Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation?

Do You Have to Attend the Mass of the Lord's Supper?

Washing of the Feet, painting of Altar of Siena Cathedral in 14th century
The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH./Public Domain

Question: Catholics celebrate Holy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter Sunday, with the Mass of the Lord's Supper, commemorating Christ's Last Supper with His disciples before His arrest and crucifixion. But is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation?

Answer: While all Roman Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass on Holy Thursday to commemorate the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the priesthood, and the Mass at the Last Supper, Holy Thursday (commonly known also as Maundy Thursday) is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

Looking for the date of Holy Thursday this year? See When Is Holy Thursday?

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