Did the Church move the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday?

Catholics do not worship on the Sabbath which is the last day of the week according to Jewish teaching, when God rested from work after creation (Gen. 2:2-3). We worship on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, the eight day (or first day of the week) when God created Light (Gen 1:3); the day of the Lord’s resurrection; the day the Holy Spirit came on the Apostles.

"The Church celebrates the day of Christ’s Resurrection on the ‘eighth day,’ Sunday, which is rightly called the Lord’s Day" (CCC 2191).

"The Sabbath, which represented the completion of the first creation, has been replaced by Sunday, which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ" (CCC 2190).

From the NT Sunday not Saturday was kept as the Day to be observed:

  • On the first day of the week when we gathered to break bread, Paul spoke to them because he was going to leave on the next day, and he kept on speaking until midnight (Acts 20:7).
  • On the first day of the week each of you should set aside and save whatever one can afford, so that collections will not be going on when I come (1 Cor. 16:2).
  • Let no one, then, pass judgment on you in matters of food and drink or with regard to a festival or new moon or Sabbath (Col. 2:16).
By a tradition handed down from the apostles which took its origin from the very day of Christ’s Resurrection, the Church celebrates the Paschal mystery every seventh day, which day is appropriately called the Lord’s Day or Sunday. The day of Christ’s Resurrection is both the first day of the week, the memorial of the first day of creation, and the "eighth day," on which Christ after his "rest" on the great Sabbath inaugurates the "day that the Lord has made," the "day that knows no evening." (CCC 1166)













4 comments

  1. Aretha Reply

    The answer to the posed question is NO. “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Those are the words of Christ, so the 7th day sabbath commandmen, the 4th commandment (which has been removed by Roman Catholicism) is still the only day that is HIS HOLY DAY according to the Word. Jesus is Lord of the sabbath day.

    1. Michael Reply

      You’re not looking at the entire message. “Do not think that I have come to abolish he law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to FULFILL them. For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then RELAXES one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness EXCEEDS that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”–Mt 5:17-20 (RSV-CE). Following this passage, a number of times Jesus states, “You have heard that it was said…but I say to you…”–Mt 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32, 33-34, 38-39, 43-44. Jesus came and FULFILLED the law and prophets, ELEVATING them. He upped the ante, so to speak. When He states, “but I say to you,” He’s placing His word above that of the law. Notice that He says, “unless your righteousness EXCEEDS that of the scribes and Pharisees.” Tell me, how do you elevate 7th day worship? Try 8th day worship. I have several other points that I can make on the matter, but too much information at once may discourage one to read. God love you.

  2. John Wallace Reply

    In the Convert’s Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, we read:

    Q. Which is the Sabbath day?
    A. Saturday is the Sabbath day.
    Q. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
    A. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea, (AD 336) transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday….
    Q. Why did the Catholic Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
    A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday, because Christ rose from the dead on a Sunday, and the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles on a Sunday.
    Q. By what authority did the Church substitute Sunday for Saturday?
    A. The Church substituted Sunday for Saturday by the plenitude of that divine power which Jesus Christ bestowed upon her!
    —Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R., (1946), p. 50.

    Has this position changed?

  3. Daniel Reply

    nothing has changed since christ JESUS bestowed the church that whatever you bind on earth is bound on heaven.

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