This is the third of five feasts this year which, while not “high” enough to be obligatory holy days, are important enough to replace the Sunday Mass in Ordinary Time. (In 2014, they all will replace a Sunday–be prepared.)
In my parish, Saturday is the only liturgical day of the week in which Mass is not celebrated. So we lose something of these important observances when they fall on Saturday. While we might make up for it with weekend observances next year, in 2013 we’re experiencing a little liturgical poverty.
If you were the parish liturgist, fully powerful enough to render judgment, would you offer any special festivity? Is a Saturday morning Mass worth music if you don’t provide it on weekdays? Or will you trim back the readings to a customary Saturday two? And do no music? Would you ask the pastor to celebrate Mass on Saturday if he ordinarily didn’t do so?
Does the celebration or lack thereof on these feasts hamper the observance of obligatory holy days?
Finally, without checking Wikipedia, or some Catholic site, can you name the other four Sunday pre-empt feasts of 2013? Consult a plain calendar if you wish. Then render judgment from the liturgist’s purple armchair.