Sunday: Day of the Eucharist
While the celebration of Mass on Sunday is not different than on other days, because the entire Church comes together and because it is celebrated on the day of the Resurrection, the Sunday Eucharist is the center of life in the Christian community. Our parish gathers each and every Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist, to give thanks for all the gifts God has given to us!
Sunday: The First of Days
From the days of the apostles, the Christian community has set Sunday apart from the other days. At first, it was the day of worship on which the first Christians gathered for the “breaking of the bread”. Over time it also became the official day of rest in civic life. This yoking of worship and rest has shaped the rhythm of the week for much of Western civilization to this day.
“Since Sunday is the weekly Easter, recalling and making present the day upon which Christ rose from the dead, it is also the day which reveals the meaning of time. It has nothing in common with the cosmic cycles according to which natural religion and human culture tend to impose a structure on time, succumbing perhaps to the myth of eternal return. The Christian Sunday is wholly other!” – Pope St. John Paul II
“Therefore, if we wish to rediscover the full meaning of Sunday, we must rediscover this aspect of the life of faith. Certainly, Christian joy must mark the whole life, and not just one day of the week. But in virtue of its significance as the day of the Risen Lord, celebrating God’s word of creation and “new creation”, Sunday is the day of joy in a very special way, indeed the day most suitable for learning how to rejoice and to rediscover the true nature and deep roots of joy.” – -Pope St. John Paul II
Sunday is not only the day of faith but is also the day of Christian hope. – Pope St. John Paul II
At Sunday Mass, Christians relive with particular intensity the experience of the Apostles on the evening of Easter when the Risen Lord appeared to them as they were gathered together. – Pope St. John Paul II
In the first place, therefore, Sunday is the day of rest because it is the day “blessed” by God and “made holy” by him, set apart from the other days to be, among all of them, “the Lord’s Day’. – Pope St. John Paul II