The LSB, when listing Feasts and Festivals, lists eight of them in boldface, with the explanatory note that these are "principle FEASTS of Christ." The suggestion is that they may replace the Sunday propers should they fall on a Sunday (with special precautions about Annunciation - see the additional note on page 960 of the Altar Book). However, if these are indeed principle feasts of our Lord, why on earth not encourage our parishes to actually hold Divine Service on these days? Granted, if they are work days, Divine Service will need to be at either an early hour or a late one, and yet why should we deprive our people of the joy of these feasts except for the odd years one or the other of them happens to fall on a Sunday?
The principle feasts of Christ, besides regular Sundays, Christmas, Holy Week, and Pentecost are:
Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus - Dec 31
Circumcision and Name of Jesus - Jan 1
Purification of Mary and Presentation of Our Lord - Feb 2
Annunciation of Our Lord - March 25
Nativity of St. John the Baptist - June 24
Visitiation - July 2 (new calendar, May 31)
St. Michael and All Angels - Sept 29
All Saints' Day - Nov 1
It strikes me that this is a good beginning for renewal of a richer calendar among us. At least on these days, is it too much to ask that we OFFER the Divine Service and encourage our people to partake of the riches each of them unfolds for us in our Lord Jesus Christ?