Sunday is the Lord’s Day

Wednesday, October 04 2006

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Story of Sunday

Meaning of Sunday

Sunday Eucharist

On the Lord’s day we want to offer our best to the Father. For this reason, our Sunday celebration must sum up our week of service, joy, suffering, prayer and praise, and lead us to a new week of following Christ, of making God’s kingdom come among us.

Sunday in our home: Those who believe in Christ want to make his day special in their family life. As well as taking an active part in their community worship, they will mark the Lord’s day by special times of prayer, scripture reading and good works. This is also a day to “recreate” ourselves for God’s service.

Heart of the year of prayer: Sunday is the greatest day of the week and the heart of the Church’s liturgical year. Each week we celebrate God’s love in saving us by the obedient death and glorious resurrection of Christ. Sunday is the Lord’s day, when God calls his people together to worship him and to renew the baptismal covenant: once again we promise to put sin out of our lives and to live with Christ for God.

Saturday evening: The Catholic Church continues the Jewish practice of beginning important feasts the night before: the Easter vigil and Christmas Eve are examples of this custom. The first celebration of the Lord’s day begins in the evening hours of Saturday and is always celebrated with the solemnity of Sunday.

Foretaste of heaven: On Sunday we remember and share in the Lord’s dying and rising; it is also a time to look forward to his coming in glory, and to our eating and drinking with him at the heavenly banquet. Those who eat this bread and drink this cup now, he promises, will have eternal life with him.

Sunday needs our attention:

Living out the Sunday liturgy: Liturgy and life must always go together:

Blessed are you, Lord our God:
you have chosen us as your people,
to praise you by word and deed.

We thank you for calling us together each week,
for teaching us with your saving words,
for nourishing us with your food from heaven.
Accept our praise and our thanksgiving.
Send us forth to do your work,
and keep us always in your love.

Father, we give you glory
through Jesus Christ your Son
in union with your Holy Spirit.
Glory to you! Amen! Alleluia!

Sunday is the Lord’s Day: Liturgical Leaflet, edited by the National Liturgy Office, and published by Publications Service, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2500 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1H 2J2 Canada. Copyright © Concacan Inc., 1979, 2002. All rights reserved. This text may be reproduced for personal or parish use. For commercial licence, please contact the publisher.