Church Attendance

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." - Exodus 20:8

What the Catechism of the Catholic Church says on "Church Attendance:"

2178. "This practice of the Christian assembly dates from the beginnings of the Apostolic age. [Cf. Acts 2:42-46 ; 1 Cor 11:17 .] The Letter to the Hebrews reminds the faithful 'not to neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some, but to encourage one another.' [Heb 10:25.]  Tradition preserves the memory of an ever-timely exhortation: Come to Church early, approach the Lord, and confess your sins, repent in prayer.... Be present at the sacred and divine liturgy, conclude its prayer and do not leave before the dismissal.... We have often said: 'This day is given to you for prayer and rest. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.' [Sermo de die dominica 2 et 6: PG 86/1, 416C and 421C.]"

2180. "The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely:  'On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.' [CIC, can. 1247.] 'The precept of participating in the Mass is satisfied by assistance at a Mass which is celebrated anywhere in a Catholic rite either on the holy day or on the evening of the preceding day.' [CIC, can. 1248 # 1.]"

2181. "The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. [Cf. CIC, can. 1245.] Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin."




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