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1. History and Development

Sunday is the day of the resurrection of Jesus and his manifestation as the living Lord to his disciples (Matthew 28; Luke 24; John 20). This basic message is the inalienable foundation of the Christian recognition of this day. It is the day of the gathering of the congregation for proclamation and for the Eucharist (1 Cor. 16:2; Acts 20:7–12). Participation in Sunday worship was for the first Christians an obvious expression of their life “in Christ” (Primitive Christian Community).


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Schnitker, Thaddeus A., “Sunday”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.97>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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