Saturday Mass: Keep holy the Sabbath?

Question: Most churches have vigil masses on Saturday evenings. If you go to a Saturday Mass, is Saturday then the day that you must treat as the Lord’s day – by abstaining from work and all the other stuff having to do with that Commandment? Or do you go to Mass Saturday night, do all your usual work and everything else you’d normally do on Saturday, and then treat Sunday as the Lord’s day, even though you went to Mass the night before? Thanks!

Dear S,

The VIgil Mass on Saturday night is really a Sunday Mass. But everything else stays the same. Treat Saturday as Saturday and Sunday as Sunday.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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