Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit recently wrote a pastoral note on the diocesan “Unleash the Gospel” website.
His note entitled, “The Day of the Lord,” challenges the Catholic faithful to “reclaim Sunday as a day set apart for the Lord, for family, and for works of mercy.”
The Archbishop explained that activities occupy our time and energy throughout the week, “but from the earliest days of the Church, Sunday was unique for Catholics.”
“Sunday has slowly lost its pride of place. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we are committed to setting aside this day as much as possible for God-centered pursuits,” the Archbishop explained.
He also stressed that Sunday is not just “not just another day of the week. Every Sunday is a mini-Easter Sunday!”
“This obligation to attend Sunday Mass…is the most essential way we individually and collectively worship the Lord who gave himself for us.”
He added that we should keep our “eyes fixed on Jesus,” “put aside the worldly pursuits,” and ” call to mind the reality that we are joint heirs with Christ of the things of heaven.”
“This ‘cult of busyness’ is not of the Lord. Taking the Lord’s Day not to be busy with the affairs of the world but rather to rest in more important pursuits honors God and helps us to show him more perfectly to our world. Churchpop.
“I do hope that the trumpet will give a certain sound in regard to this Sunday-law movement” (Publishing Ministry, p. 222).
“The law of God, through the agency of Satan, is to be made void. In our land of boasted freedom religious liberty will come to an end. The contest will be decided over the Sabbath question, which will agitate the whole world” (Evangelism, p. 236).
There is a prospect before us of a continued struggle, at the risk of imprisonment, loss of property and even of life itself, to defend the law of God” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 712).
“It is time for the whole Christian world to search the Scriptures for themselves; for in the pulpits all through our land the law of God is made void by precept and example. The papal power has thought to change the law of God by instituting a Sabbath for the world and the Christian church; and this spurious Sabbath is exalted and revered, while the Sabbath of Jehovah is trampled beneath unholy feet. But will the Lord degrade his law to meet the standard of men? Will he accept a man-made institution in place of the Sabbath which he has sanctified and blessed? No; the convenience or profit of men is not to supersede the claims of God; for he is a jealous God. He does not alter his precepts to gratify the desires of the ambitious or the covetous. ‘Thus saith the Lord’ should be sufficient to settle all controversy” (Review and Herald, March 18, 1884).