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 and avid Catholic app user who works in the field of corporate communications --BA Journalism; MA English--and is communications director at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, NY. What began as an e-mail service to priests and seminarians looking for quality Catholic apps for mobile devices has grown into a world-wide community of Catholic app enthusiasts looking for and recommending great Catholic apps.

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