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Life in Christ

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Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and an­

nounces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law pre­

pared for themystery of Christ, andwhat was done there prefigured

some aspects of Christ:

107

Those who lived according to the old order of things have

come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the

Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his

death.

108

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The celebration of Sunday observes the moral command­

ment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an

outward, visible, public, and regular worship “as a sign of his

universal beneficence to all.”

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Sunday worship fulfills the moral

command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in

the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.

The Sunday Eucharist

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The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucha­

rist is at the heart of the Church’s life. “Sunday is the day on which

the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition

and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the

universal Church.”

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“Also to be observed are the day of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus

Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension of Christ, the feast of the Body and

Blood of Christi, the feast of Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Con­

ception, her Assumption, the feast of Saint Joseph, the feast of the Apostles

Saints Peter and Paul, and the feast of All Saints.”

111

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This practice of the Christian assembly dates from the

beginnings of the apostolic age.

112

The

Letter to the Hebrews

re­

minds the faithful “not to neglect to meet together, as is the habit

of some, but to encourage one another.”

113

107 Cf.

1 Cor

10:11.

108 St. Ignatius of Antioch,

Ad Magn.

9, 1: SCh 10, 88.

109 St. Thomas Aquinas,

STh

II-II, 122, 4.

110 CIC, can. 1246 § 1.

111 CIC, can. 1246 § 2: “The conference of bishops can abolish certain holy

days of obligation or transfer them to a Sunday with prior approval of

the Apostolic See.”

112 Cf.

Acts

2:42-46;

1 Cor

11:17.

113

Heb

10:25.

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