Catechism of the Catholic Church

Life in Christ 525 Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and an­ nounces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law pre­ pared for themystery of Christ, andwhat was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ: 107 Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death. 108 2176 The celebration of Sunday observes the moral command­ ment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship “as a sign of his universal beneficence to all.” 109 Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people. The Sunday Eucharist 2177 The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucha­ rist is at the heart of the Church’s life. “Sunday is the day on which the paschal mystery is celebrated in light of the apostolic tradition and is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church.” 110 “Also to be observed are the day of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Epiphany, the Ascension of Christ, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christi, the feast of Mary the Mother of God, her Immaculate Con­ ception, her Assumption, the feast of Saint Joseph, the feast of the Apostles Saints Peter and Paul, and the feast of All Saints.” 111 2178 This practice of the Christian assembly dates from the beginnings of the apostolic age. 112 The Letter to the Hebrews re­ minds the faithful “not to neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but to encourage one another.” 113 107 Cf. 1 Cor 10:11. 108 St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Magn. 9, 1: SCh 10, 88. 109 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh II-II, 122, 4. 110 CIC, can. 1246 § 1. 111 CIC, can. 1246 § 2: “The conference of bishops can abolish certain holy days of obligation or transfer them to a Sunday with prior approval of the Apostolic See.” 112 Cf. Acts 2:42-46; 1 Cor 11:17. 113 Heb 10:25. 1167 2043 1343