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Sunday, November 12, 2017

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Ps 117/118: 24, Prokeimenon on Pascha-Sunday)

The day known as “Sunday” (dies solis) according to the Planetary Week of the ancient, pagan world, is also known as “the Lord’s day” (κυριακή, domenica, dimanche, duminică) in the Christian world. The Church did take advantage, eventually, of using the symbolism of the Sun-cult to its advantage, associating Christ with the Sun, as “The True Sun” and “The Sun of Righteousness.” But our observance of “Sunday” originates, in any event, in close connection with the Person of Jesus Christ, and particularly with the “new worship” He established in His “new covenant” (Mt 26: 28), based on His salvific work. 

So, from the earliest days of the Church, Christians gathered on thi...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’” (Lk 24: 13-17)

These two disciples “are sad,” and walking to Emmaus, “that same day.” What day is that? It’s that very Sunday two millennia ago, on which the women discovered the Tomb empty, and were told, “He is not here, but is risen!” (Lk 24: 6) And then, on that same day, these women related the news “to the eleven and to all the rest” (o...

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