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A Solemnity of the Roman Catholic Church observes an event in the life of Jesus, Mary, and the saints, beginning on the evening prior to actual date. Solemnity is made up of Latin words solet and annus, meaning a yearly (annual) celebration[?]. They are observed throughout the the entire Church.

Solemnities observed by the Roman Church

January 1			Mary, Mother of God
Sunday between Jan 2 & 8	Epiphany
March 19			Joseph, Husband of Mary
March 25			Annunciation
March/April (varies)		Easter Triduum
40 days after Easter		Ascension of the Lord
50 days after Easter		Pentecost
Sunday after Pentecost		Holy Trinity
Sunday after Holy Trinity	Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)
Friday after Body & Blood	Sacred Heart
June 24				Birth of John the Baptist
June 29				Peter and Paul, Apostles
August 15			Assumption of Mary
November 1			All Saints
November (varies, always Sun)	Christ the King
December 8			Immaculate Conception
December 25			Christmas

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