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Question When is Epiphany?


Answer  

The Code of Canon Law says that Sundays are to be "observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church" (1246).  That canon also allows national conferences of bishops to "abolish certain holy days of obligation or transfer them to a Sunday."

In November 1983, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the transfer of the solemnity of the Epiphany (January 6) to the first Sunday after January 1.  It was reviewed by the Vatican and promulgated in March 1984.
 

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