Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of
the mind and meditation which furthers the growth of the
Christian interior life. 2187
Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common
effort. Every Christian should avoid making
unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them
from observing the Lords Day. Traditional activities
(sport, res 2289 taurants, etc.), and social
necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to
work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set
aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and
charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the
excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular
2189 Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy (Dt 5:12). The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD (Ex 31:15).
2190 The sabbath, which represented the completion ofthefirst creation, has been replaced by Sunday, which recalls the new creation inaugurated by the Resurrection of Christ.
2191 The Church celebrates the day of Christs Resurrection on the eighth day, Sunday, which is rightly called the Lords Day (cf. SC 106).
2192 Sunday.. . is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation in the universal Church (CIC, can. 1246 § i). On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass (CIC, can. 1247).
2193 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound. . . to abstain from those labours and business concerns which impede the worship to be rendered to God, the joy which is proper to the Lords Day, or the proper relaxation of mind and body (CIC, can. 1247).