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solemnity

Law a formality necessary to validate a deed, act, contract, etc.
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As the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of Christ approached, he decided that the period between the solemnities of Pentecost in 1987 and the Assumption in 1988 would be a special Marian Year devoted to reflections on Mary as Mother of God and Mother of the Church.
Butler's other works include "The Elephant in the Moon," mocking the solemnities of the newly founded Royal Society, and "Repartees between Puss and Cat at a Caterwalling," laughing at the absurdities of contemporary rhymed heroic tragedy.