Life in Christ
“Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (
“The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to
the Lord” (
The sabbath, which represented the completion of the
first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which
recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrec
tion of Christ.
The Church celebrates the day of Christ’s Resurrection
on the “eighth day,” Sunday, which is rightly called
the Lord’s Day (cf.
“Sunday . . . is to be observed as the foremost holy day
of obligation in the universal Church” (CIC, can. 1246
§ 1). “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation
the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass”
(CIC, can. 1247).
“On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the
faithful are bound . . . to abstain from those labors
and business concerns which impede the worship to
be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the
Lord’s Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and
body” (CIC, can. 1247).
The institution of Sunday helps all “to be allowed
sufficient rest and leisure to cultivate their familial,
cultural, social, and religious lives” (
67 § 3).
Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary
demands on others that would hinder them from ob
serving the Lord’s Day.