Missal misses with today’s suppressed feast day

I have written previously about the need to check your digital missal before Mass starts Just. To. Be. Sure. Like any program containing lots of data that has variable content, missal apps can be error prone.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the iMissal app. It has been a staple on my iPhone for two years. I use it at Mass. My husband uses it–one of only two Catholic apps that reside on his phone. I want it to be completely reliable within reason. Today is the Friday within the Octave of Easter. We don’t celebrate the Feast of St. Mark today. Yet, the readings offered by iMissal today–the ONLY readings offered by iMissal today –were for the Feast of St. Mark (see photo). A brief check of other apps which include the Roman Missal passed the test: Laudete, iPieta, iBreviary–all fine with the proper Mass readings for the Friday within the octave of Easter. Even iMissal’s audio segment played the correct readingsimissal-mark

As for today’s anomaly, why don’t we celebrate St. Mark’s feast day? We turn to the Table of Liturgical Days which gives us the official “Order of Precedence” for Roman Catholic celebrations:

1. Easter Triduum

2. Christmas, Epiphany, Ascension and Pentecost, Sundays of Advent, Lent & the Easter Season, Ash Wednesday, Weekdays of Holy Week & Days within the Octave of Easter. 

Therefore, no regularly-scheduled feast days are observed during those times. They are suppressed. 

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website, CatholicAPPtitude.org, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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