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Pawel Huszcza wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why don't you observe Shabbat, in direct violation of the Bible Commandment?

Observing Sunday obviously doesn't count, since it is not Shabbat and according to Catholic Church — Sunday is the first day of the week, not the last one. Shabbat was commanded to be observed on Saturday.

Pawel

  { Why don't we observe Shabbat, in direct violation of the Bible Commandment? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Pawel,

There are articles in our database that cover this in detail, so I will just say that the Lord, as Lord of the Sabbath, changed its observance to the first day of the week by His Resurrection and by His Holy Spirit's instruction to His Apostles.

Mary Ann

Pawel replied:

Thanks Mary Ann,

Maybe I am really bad with searching. I could not find anything on that subject in your database.

I have already heard the reasoning you have provided. This is why I asked that question. As far as I know, there is no single event that was ever recorded in the New Testament that would explain this change.

  • Am I not right?

Jesus Himself said:

17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them." Matthew 5:17

It really seems to be contrary to the common belief that Jesus changed Shabath day — in fact,
He emphasized, on several occasions, the Importance of the Shabath and the Law of Mosses:

"20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath."

Matthew 24:20

As well as when He was asked how to get to Kingdom of Heaven He responded:

"15 Keep the Commandments."

John 14:15

  • As far as I know the Emperor Constantine made this change in 321 A.D., am I not right?

Pawel

Mary Ann replied:

Pawel —

He began the New Day of the New Creation on Sunday by rising from the dead. He gave the Apostles His Spirit on a Sunday and He met with them on successive Sundays.

In the book of Acts, the Apostles gathered on Sunday. It is the New Law given by the new Moses; Christ gave His Apostles, especially Peter, the authority to bind and loose and to spread His Word.

When they did, it was to say that Sunday is the new Sabbath, the symbol of the eternal Day of rest that Christ has entered into with His Resurrection, and the Day in which we live, by His life.

This change of the Sabbath to Sunday, was made by Christ and the Apostles, not by Constantine.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Dear Pawel,

This is your providential day! We have several answers from previous questions, which are stored in our handy-dandy searchable knowledge base:

<http://www.askacatholic.com/question/AskACatholicSearch.cfm>

I've taken the time to find some postings that will answer your question. (See below.)

You may disagree with us, but we believe Jesus is True God and, at the same time, True Man, flesh and bones, like you and me! When He founded His Church (Read Matthew 16:13-20) on
St. Peter and his successors, he bound Himself to His Church. Historically, the Church changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday on the divine authority of the Church Jesus founded. There is no place in the Bible that directly says the Sabbath was changed to Sunday, but Catholic Christians don't use the Bible alone as their sole authority; we trust the teaching Magisterium of the Catholic Church, and oral Tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation, because Jesus, who is God, promised He would protect His Catholic Church, even despite some of the sinners we have has members.

These postings will help you understand what we believe. I recommend you read them all and the links to other postings from within each one of them.

Mike

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