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Joint Orthodox-Catholic statement on importance of Sunday

Catholic World News - November 20, 2012

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation has issued a statement on the importance of Sunday.

“For Christians, Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is a special day consecrated to the service and worship of God,” the statement begins. “It is a unique Christian festival. It is ‘the day the Lord has made’ (Ps. 117 (118):24). Its nature is holy and joyful. Sunday is the day on which we believe God acted decisively to liberate the world from the tyranny of sin, death, and corruption through the Holy Resurrection of Jesus.”

“As members of the Consultation, we strongly urge both clergy and laity to work cooperatively within their communities to stress the importance of Sunday for worship and family,” the statement continues. “Foremost we call for all to render thanks to God and render love towards one another--and be willing to reserve time to do both--and avail ourselves of the riches of the Lord’s Day. “

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  • Posted by: frjpharrington3912 - Nov. 24, 2012 12:36 AM ET USA

    With Christmas just a little over a month away "The Importance of Sunday" reminds us to stay focused on the "theological" meaning of this most holy day of the year in which we celebrate the Incarnation of the second person of the Holy Trinity, and not to be seduced by the commercialization of Christmas. If we cultivate a sense for the "God given rhythm" of the week then we'll heed our Lord' words who said, "Render unto Caesar, the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's."

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