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Dies Domini 59-60: The Fulfillment of the Sabbath

What began with the Old Testament Sabbath finds a fulfillment in the day of the Resurrection: 59. This aspect of the Christian Sunday shows in a special way how it is the fulfilment of the Old Testament Sabbath. On the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 57-58: Joy

Today, let’s continue on the theme presented by Saint John Paul to open Chapter Four, joy. Joy is more than a Sunday thing. A leisure thing. Something we do when there’s no reason to frown: 57. Therefore, if we wish … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 56: Joy In Greeting Christ, Joy In The Spirit

Let’s continue on Saint John Paul’s theme of joy. He devotes sections 55 through 58 of his apostolic letter to the “full joy” of Christ. What does the fullness of joy mean, and what impact does it have on the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 55: Full Joy

Let’s kick off Chapter IV, “Dies Hominis,” the day of humankind. Sunday is a day of joy, rest, and solidarity, according to the subtitle of the chapter heading. First consideration: “The ‘full joy’ of Christ.” This is an ancient tradition, … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 54: Radio and Television

What of people who, through no fault of their own, cannot celebrate Mass? What is the role of the celebration of Mass through mass media? This section is titled, “Radio and television,” but today, sixteen years later, we can ask … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 53: Sunday Assemblies Without A Priest

We consider with Pope John Paul II the situation of Sunday gatherings without a priest. This section recognizes there is a problem for both mission lands as well as in Christian nations with a shortage of clergy affirms the Sunday … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 52: Other Moments of the Christian Sunday

Aside from Mass, what other Christian elements identify Sunday as important to believers and disciples? 52. Sharing in the Eucharist is the heart of Sunday, but the duty to keep Sunday holy cannot be reduced to this. In fact, the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 51: A Celebration Involving All

Participation in the liturgy, is defined yet again as an act that involves “all.” 51. There is a need too to ensure that all those present, children and adults, take an active interest, by encouraging their involvement at those points … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 50: A Joyful Celebration In Song

Music is vitally important to the Sunday Mass: 50. Given the nature of Sunday Mass and its importance in the lives of the faithful, it must be prepared with special care. In ways dictated by pastoral experience and local custom … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 49: Pastors’ Obligations

Let’s wrap up Pope John Paul II’s examination of the Sunday obligation. This section is heavily footnoted, just to warn you … 49. Because the faithful are obliged to attend Mass unless there is a grave impediment, Pastors have the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 48: Heroes, Bishops and Work

The inspiration of the resurrection and the history of the obligation brings us to today. Pope John Paul II was wise enough to realize that our diverse world presents many challenges to believers, some of them outright hostile. 48. Today, … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 47: A History of Sunday Obligation

The teacher Pope John Paul II offers a history lesson. The notion of a “Sunday obligation” was not apostolic. It was an early practice that arose organically from a faith-filled people. Only later was it codified: 47. Even if in … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 46: The Sunday Obligation

Today we begin a look at four sections that cover the “Sunday obligation.” Clearly, modern believers take the obligation of “every Sunday” less seriously than some of former generations. On the other hand, the people who do attend Mass receive the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 45: From Mass to “Mission”

Dies Domini predates the “new evangelization,” but the principle was very much in the mind of John Paul II as he discussed the missionary impulse from the Sunday Mass. Let’s read: 45. Receiving the Bread of Life, the disciples of Christ … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 44: Easter Banquet

In today’s post on Dies Domini (here in its entirety) Pope John Paul II continues an interesting look at Sunday Mass. Let’s have a consideration for the communal character of the Mass: 44. The communal character of the Eucharist emerges … Continue reading

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