History and basis for changing worship from "Sabbath" to the "Lord's Day"

When did this happen?
Why did this happen?
If the day of the week can change, then can I just go once a week on Tuesday?


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I believe it must have happened early on in the Church, as John says in his revelation that he received it (the revelation) on the Lord’s day, but someone else will have more information.

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I won’t be answering these questions now, but, with regards to:

If the day of the week can change, then can I just go once a week on Tuesday?


…It depends. Did God give you the authority to bind and loose, or did He give it to the Church as a whole, and also to Peter as a representation of the Church as a whole?


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I’m not positive, but I think that in the very early days, most of the believers were Jewish and they still maintained Saturday as the Sabbath and continued going to Synagogue on that day. But they met together with other believers on Sunday–the day that Christ rose. As the number of gentile believers was increasing, and in the end outnumbered Jewish believers, Saturday as the Sabbath just fell to the wayside. IMHO

Jesus Christ was not resurrected on the first day of the week, Jesus Christ was resurrected on the eighth day of the week. He broke through the cycle, he does not do the same thing over and over each week. The Sabbath was a time to reflect and look back on all God had done and give thanks to Him for his work before then repeating the cycle all over again. But Jesus Christ effectively broke that cycle for himself, being Lord of the Sabbath, and witnessing to the fact that He can break that cycle, by being the first resurrection from the dead, and entering into eternity. The eighth day.

We worship on the eighth day, the Lord’s day, which for us who are still bound to the cycle of this life, also becomes the first day, Sunday, for we have not yet broken through into eternity.

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The Resurrection was the bottom line.

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The earliest Christians celebrated the Eucharist on The Lord’s Day, the day of His Resurrection, Sunday.

Two articles from Catholic Answers Magazine:

James P. Guzek, May 04, 2016

Jimmy Akin, May 31, 2016

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Christians (followers of the Way) gathered on the Lord’s Day (Sunday) to celebrate “the breaking of the bread” even when Paul was writing. It’s also recorded as a first century tradition in the Didache. The evidence suggests that this is among the earliest traditions that originated while the apostles lived.

Also, the Church sees Sunday as both the first day of the week and the eighth day of the week. If seven is a number that suggests fullness and completion in the Bible, one represents creation and eight represents a regeneration or new creation, which fits with Jesus’ mission and resurrection.

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The basis for Christian worship on the Lord’s Day is… Jesus.

When Jesus rose from the dead.

Because Jesus rose from the dead.

You can worship every day.

Christians are called to community worship on the Lord’s Day. If you want to worship in community on additional days, great.

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The Resurrection!

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To distinguish themselves from the Sabbath-only keeping Jews.

I read the first article that you linked, and I think that it explains it very well! Thanks for sharing it!

May God bless you all! :slight_smile:

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Sabbath begins sundown Friday and ends sundown Saturday.
The Lord’s Day, is the day of resurrection. Sunday.

In the letter to the Hebrews, mass was on “The Day” = Sunday, the Lord’s Day.

Heb 10: (all emphasis mine)
19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way which he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; 24 and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. 26 For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful prospect of judgment,and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries. 28 A man who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy at the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by the man who has spurned the Son of God, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace?30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God."

*]No question what Day is spoken of
*]and they celebrated the Eucharist when they met
*]Note the consequence if one deliberately fails to meet on the Day
Luke 24:35 that occurred on Resurrection Day, Sunday

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There is a new covenant established at the Last Supper:

Luke 22:

20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a]

We are under the new covenant, where in the Lord’s day (sunday) is the day of worship, not the Sabbath of the old covenant with the Jews.

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