A Notification to all the Faithful Regarding the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in 2013

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Originally published May 8, 2013. Prot. No. 013-021

Archbishop Coat of ArmsIn this year of 2013, December 8 — normally the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception — falls on the Second Sunday of Advent In accordance with no. 5 of the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, the observance of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is transferred to Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. This is because the Sundays of Advent take precedence. In addition, such a transfer to Dec. 9 is necessary since the Solemnity is obligatory for the Archdiocese and is the Principal Patronal Feast of the Island.

Masses for the 2nd Sunday of Advent begin on the vigil (Dec. 7) and continue through the evening of Dec. 8. Masses for the Immaculate Conception are Obligato- ry and begin on the morning of Monday, Dec. 9 through the evening. In order to accommodate attendance at the procession, pastors may transfer their evening mass of Dec. 9 to a later hour.

The Procession in Hagatña will be on Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. It will commence at 3:30 pm with recitation of the Novena, the Proclamation of the Gospel and homily at 4:00 pm followed by Procession. All are greatly encouraged to participate in this very special event.

/s/Most Reverend Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., D.D. Archbishop of Agaña, September 11, 2013