A reader writes:
A question — what’s being done about the Feast of the Annunciation this year? The usual date is March 25, but this year Good Friday falls on that date.
Believe it or not, the Annunciation is being transferred to April 4th this year, more than a week after its usual date of March 25 (nine months before Christmas).
PROOF. (WARNING: Evil file format [.pdf]!)
The reason has to do with which days take priority over which other days in the calendar. There are elaborate rules for this. Basically, you check the Table of Liturgical Days from the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, you’ll see that the Annunciation, as a
feast daysolemnity, is a rank # 53 day, which thus takes a back seat to days of rank #1-# 42.
Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday are rank #1 days, so you can’t celebrate the Annunciation then.
Holy Thursday (like the other weekdays of Holy Week) are rank #2, so you can’t celebrate it then.
Days within the Octave of Easter are also rank #2, so same thing.
The Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) is also rank #2.
So long story short: It gets bumped to April 4th, because that’s the first opening where another day wouldn’t take precedence over it.