Questions to Ponder What Obligations does faithful observance of the third commandment place on the Christians in modern society? How should Christians resolve the conflicts that sometimes arise between the demands of this commandment and other obligations?
Third Commandment The first day of the week, [they] gathered together to break bread (Acts 20:7) St Ignatius of Antioch laid foundation for Sabbath day to be Sunday Constantine the Great solidified it
Third Commandment E. Church celebrations –private 325 AD –Edict of Milan Emperor forbids certain public works –Day of rest born Council of Orleans AD 511/538 –Christians encouraged to create laws forbidding certain work –REST!
Section Four The Obligation of Attending Mass on Sundays/Holy Days of Obligation
Origins of Obligation Giving worship to God one day a week Eucharist Carries on the redemptive mission of the Church
Holy Days of Obligation Mary Mother of God (Jan 1) The Ascension of Jesus (40 days after Easter) The Assumption of Mary (Aug 15) The Feast of All Saints (Nov 1) The Immaculate Conception (Dec 8) Christmas Day (Dec 25 th )
Section Five The Fulfillment of the Precept of Attending Mass
Mass Attendance Serious/grave sin if missed Only permissible to miss if serious matter Taking care of an infant Illness
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