After God finished His work of creation, He rested. “And on the seventh day God finished his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all his work which he had done in creation” (Gen 2:2-3). Not only did God rest on the 7th day, but He commands us to keep His day holy. In the 3rd Commandment, we are told: “Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.” For Christians, Sunday is the holy day. Not only is it the day God made designated for divine worship, but it is also to be a day of rest. The Creator knows His creation. He knows our need for rest, for silence and solitude. We like to run from one thing to the next and often neglect taking time for prayer, rest, and family. Sunday is also for us a little Easter. The Church has marked Sunday as THE Day to come together for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. “On the first day of the week, when we were gathered together to break bread” (Acts 20:7). Christians kept Sunday as the day for Mass from the very first century. On 3 March 321 the Emperor Constantine decreed that Sunday was to be observed as the Roman day of rest. In our own times, we have seen a gradual collapse of the importance of Sunday. Most of the Blue Laws prohibiting sales on Sundays were repealed in the early 1980’s. Shortly thereafter, schools began holding sporting and musical events on Sundays. And with all of the erosion, many of the faithful stoped eating together as families and slowly drifted from their Sunday Mass obligation. Out of great fatherly concern, Saint John Paul II wrote a Apostolic Letter, Dies Domini, that was published on Pentecost, 31 May 1998. Let us meditate on the great mystery of Sunday, the fulfillment of our future salvation in the risen Christ.
Dies Domini by John Paul II
When the Eucharist is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. – St. John Chrysostom
There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us. – Saint John Vianney
“We do not pretend that life is all beauty. We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery – the mystery of his Death and Resurrection. We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!” – St. John Paul II
The disciples of Christ, however, are asked to avoid any confusion between the celebration of Sunday, which should truly be a way of keeping the Lord’s Day holy, and the “weekend”, understood as a time of simple rest and relaxation. … In this way, they will be led to a deeper understanding of Sunday, with the result that, even in difficult situations, they will be able to live it in complete docility to the Holy Spirit. – St. John Paul II
Sunday, the day of light, could also be called the day of “fire”, in reference to the Holy Spirit. The light of Christ is intimately linked to the “fire” of the Spirit, and the two images together reveal the meaning of the Christian Sunday. – St. John Paul II
The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary
Prayer before the recitation: Sign of the cross. Hail Mary.
In petition (first 27 days): Hail, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, my Mother Mary, hail! At thy feet I humbly kneel to offer thee a Crown of Roses, blood red roses to remind thee of the passion of thy divine Son, with Whom thou didst so fully partake of its bitterness, each rose recalling to thee a holy mystery, each 10 bound together with my petition for a particular grace. O Holy Queen, dispenser of God’s graces, and Mother of all who invoke thee! Thou canst not look upon my gift and fail to see its binding. As thou receivest my gift, so wilt thou receive my petition; from thy bounty thou wilt give me the favor I so earnestly and trustingly seek. I despair of nothing that I ask of thee. Show thyself my Mother!
Say: The Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
The Agony in the Garden – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of resignation to the will of God and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Scourging at the Pillar – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of mortification and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Crowning with Thorns – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of humility and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Carrying of the Cross – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of patience in adversity and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
The Crucifixion – Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, Glory Be.
Concluding Prayer: I bind these blood red roses with a petition for the virtue of love of our enemies and humbly lay this bouquet at thy feet.
Say: The Hail Holy Queen.
In petition (first 27 days): Sweet Mother Mary, I offer thee this spiritual communion to bind my bouquets in a wreath to place upon thy brow. O my Mother! Look with favor upon my gift, and in thy love obtain for me (specify request). Hail Mary …
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