1166: The Lord’s Day

When is the most important day of the week? The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives some really clear information!

Here is what the Catechism has to say on when/how/why we are supposed to remember the Lord’s Day, and keep it holy:

“By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ’s Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord’s Day or Sunday.”
-Article 1166, Catechism of the Catholic Church

Let’s break it down!

  • This was a tradition handed down from the apostles.
  • This tradition began the day Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
  • The Church celebrates this, referred to as the Paschal mystery, every Sunday.
  • Sunday is also known as the Lord’s Day.

So far so good? Super! Let’s continue:

The day of Christ’s Resurrection is both the first day of the week, the memorial of the first day of creation, and the “eighth day,” on which Christ after his “rest” on the great sabbath inaugurates the “day that the Lord has made,” the “day that knows no evening.”
Article 1166, Catechism of the Catholic Church

You might be thinking, “ok……wait, huh?” So we’re going to break this apart too!

  • The day of Christ’s Resurrection is the first day of the week.
  • The first day also memorializes the first day of creation.
  • The “eighth day” is the fulfillment of the sabbath, bringing forth a new covenant.
  • In this way, every Sunday is both the first day, and the last day, at the same time. Alpha and Omega. It’s like we are invited to enjoy a view of eternity every single week. Cool, right?

Howsabout a little more, yes?

“The Lord’s Supper is its center, for there the whole community of the faithful encounters the risen Lord who invites them to his banquet.”
Article 1166, Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • “And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them.”
    Luke 24: 30, New American Bible, Revised Edition
  • This is the feast that we celebrate every single Sunday at Mass, and that’s why it’s so important to attend Mass on Sundays.

We are almost all the way through it!

“The Lord’s Day, the day of the Resurrection, the day of Christians, is our day. It is called the Lord’s Day because on it the Lord rose victorious to the Father. If pagans call it the “day of the sun,” we willingly agree, for today the light of the world is raised, today is revealed the sun of justice with healing in his rays.”
Article 1166, Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • The Lord’s Day is the day of Christians; the day of those who recognize the risen Christ as the savior of the world.
  • It’s ok to be merciful to those who understand it as “Sun/Day,” the pagan way, because it gives us an opportunity to show that Jesus is the light of the world.
  • Much like biological life on earth relies on the rays of the sun, everlasting life–true life–relies on the mercy of the Son.

Woohoo! That was a long one, but you did it! The most important reason we follow along with the Paschal mystery is because it breathes and moves all around Jesus. The Catholic Church is the only church that was founded by Jesus Christ, and holds Christ as its high priest. That’s right–the Pope is NOT the high priest of the Catholic Church. The Pope’s job is to make sure the Church is following the will of God. He is the Vicar of Christ, or his deputy, if that helps you understand better, and that’s it.

Jesus Christ is our high priest, and so we are supposed to follow what he tells us to do, and do what he has instructed and demonstrated.

What ways do you celebrate the Lord’s Day? Tell me about it in the comments!

Until next time,

Maggie O’the Valley

Source for Adventurous Reading:
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Modifications from the Editio Typica. English translation (United States, 2nd edition) United States Catholic Conference, Inc., Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 1997. Print.

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