Circular No. 2022 – 95
20 December 2022
TO: ALL THE CLERGY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA
RE: FULFILLMENT OF OBLIGATION ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD AND THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD (https://rcam.org/6646-2/)
Dear Reverend Monsignori and Fathers,
Greetings in the Lord!
The Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (25 December) and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (1 January) fall on a Sunday this year. Both are holy days of obligation in the Philippines. Those who participate in the Masses during these celebrations fulfill both obligations of Sunday and of the holy day of obligation.
We decree that those who participate in the evening Masses of the eve of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (24 December) and the eve of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (31 December) likewise fulfill both obligations of Sunday and of the holy
day of obligation.
We gladly take this opportunity to assure you of our paternal and prayerful solicitude.
Thank you very much.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
+JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA