Why The Feast of Annunciation Will Not Be Celebrated On 25th March 2018

Why The Feast of Annunciation Will Not Be Celebrated On 25th March 2018

The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord. Most of us know that the Annunciation always falls on March 25, exactly nine months before the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. However, the celebration of the feast is transferred to a different date if it falls on a Sunday of Lent, during Holy Week, or during the octave of Easter.

The Church considers Masses for the Sundays of Lent, any time in Holy Week, and any time from Easter through the Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) to be so important that even this Marian feast cannot replace one of them. So, when the Annunciation falls on a Sunday in Lent (before Palm Sunday as it does on the 25th of March this year), it is transferred to the following Monday. If it falls on Palm Sunday or on any day in Holy Week, it is transferred to Low Monday, the Monday after the Sunday after Easter.

Using this calculation, the Feast of the Annunciation this year will not hold on 25th of March but on Monday 9th of April. Below is the day of the week on which the Annunciation falls (and the day and date on which it will be celebrated) next year and in future years:

Annunciation 2018: Sunday, March 25, 2018 (transferred to Monday, April 9, 2018)

Annunciation 2019: Monday, March 25, 2019

Annunciation 2020: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Annunciation 2021: Thursday, March 25, 2021

Annunciation 2022: Friday, March 25, 2022

Annunciation 2023: Saturday, March 25, 2023

Annunciation 2024: Monday, March 25, 2024 (transferred to Monday, April 8, 2024)

Annunciation 2025: Tuesday, March 25, 2025

Annunciation 2026: Wednesday, March 25, 2026

Annunciation 2027: Thursday, March 25, 2027 (transferred to Monday, April 5, 2027)

Annunciation 2028: Saturday, March 25, 2028

Annunciation 2029: Sunday, March 25, 2029 (transferred to Monday, April 9, 2029)

Annunciation 2030: Monday, March 25, 2030

Through intercession of the Virgin Mary, may we have a faith that is constant and pure. Through Christ our Lord – Amen.

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