An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Lord’s Day, The

Sunday, the day of Jesus Christ's resurrection, the first day of the week. The term was used in early Christian literature for the Christian observance of Sunday. Each Sunday was celebrated as an Easter festival. For Christians, the Lord's Day took the place of the Jewish Sabbath as the weekly day of rest appointed by God. The term is used in Rv 1:10. The BCP states that the eucharist is “the principal act of Christian worship on the Lord's Day” (p. 13). The Prayer Book also notes that baptism is appropriately administered on Sunday or other feasts (p. 298), emphasizing the primacy of Sunday, the Lord's Day, in the liturgical week.

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