Saints' Days

Q. There are many days in the Church calendar where no saint is commemorated, yet there are many other days where two or even more saints are commemorated. Why not spread commemorations over many days so that we could give all saints our full attention?

R.R., Rome, Ga.

A. Here’s a reply from TCA columnist Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D:

Observances of saints' days cannot be evenly divided among the days of the year. The reason is that the Church normally celebrates a saint’s day on the anniversary of his or her death, if that date is known. The Church focuses on the day of a saint’s death because that day marks the saint’s entrance into glory.