• Latin: anniversarius, returning with the year


A day celebrated yearly as it returns. The anniversary of the consecration of a bishop is celebrated in each diocese by a special Mass in the liturgy for this feast. The anniversary of the consecration (or dedication) of a church is celebrated by a special Mass and Office provided for this feast. The anniversary of the death of a person is celebrated annually and also on the third, seventh, and thirtieth day after the decease. There is a special Requiem Mass in the Roman Missal for the anniversary; it is customary also to offer other prayers and good works on this occasion. The anniversary of burial is sometimes commemorated instead of the day of death, with the same rites.

MLA Citation

  • “anniversary”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2010. Web. 18 January 2019. <>