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Life in Christ

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IN BRIEF

2189

“Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (

Deut

5:12).

“The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to

the Lord” (

Ex

31:15).

2190

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first creation, has been replaced by Sunday which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.

2191

The Church celebrates the day of Christ’s Resurrection

on the “eighth day,” Sunday, which is rightly called

the Lord’s Day (cf.

SC

106).

2192

“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).

2193

“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).

2194

The institution of Sunday helps all “to be allowed

sufficient rest and leisure to cultivate their familial,

cultural, social, and religious lives” (

GS

67 § 3).

2195

Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary

demands on others that would hinder them from ob­

serving the Lord’s Day.