In this 4th Grade lesson, we study the 3rd Commandment. We will learn about our Sabbath: why it's important, what we should do on that day, and why that day is different than the Old Testament Sabbath. We will also review the special days of the year that are bound by the Third Commandment.
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Christ Blessing the Little Children, Benjamin Robert Haydon (1837)
In the Creation story God worked for six days. On the seventh day He rested and enjoyed all the good things He made. This day of rest is the first Sabbath. The Sabbath day has always been important for God’s people. It is the day God gave us to slow down and enjoy what God made for us. As we enjoy God’s creation, we should also enjoy God and be extra thankful for His goodness and love.
The people of the Old Testament celebrated their Sabbath on Saturday. They took the third Commandment very seriously. On Friday they’d prepare all of the food they’d need for the Sabbath, and make sure everything was clean. That way, on the Sabbath, all they did was worship God and enjoy time with each other. Absolutely no work was done!
The people of the Old Testament were so serious about the third Commandment that they were angry with Jesus when He appeared to work on the Sabbath. One day Jesus and His Apostles picked grains of wheat to eat. This was a form of work to the people of the Old Testament. Jesus also healed many people on the Sabbath. Take a few minutes to read these stories in the Gospel of Luke (6:1-11).
Catholics honor the Sabbath on Sunday, not Saturday. We do this because Sunday is the day that Jesus rose from the dead. It is the first day that we have new life, so we start our week by celebrating this new life. Sunday is also called the Lord’s Day to help us remember that Jesus gives us new life.
How do we follow the third Commandment to keep the Lord’s Day holy? First, we must go to Mass. The Liturgy is the most important prayer we offer God. The Liturgy teaches us about our Faith, and helps us grow closer to Jesus through the Eucharist. After Mass, we must continue to keep Sunday a holy day. Some of the things we can do to keep Sunday holy are:
1. Say extra prayers during the day.
2. Read from Scripture or a book of daily reflections.
3. Do nice things for your family.
4. Do nice things for the poor.
5. Avoid reading, watching, or playing anything that is violent.
Can you think of other ways to keep Sunday holy?
Sundays are not the only days that we must keep holy. There are special days in the Church calendar that are as important as Sunday. These days are called Holy Days of Obligation. They honor important events in our Catholic Faith. The Church has 10 Holy Days but they do vary a little from country to country. There are six of them in the Unite... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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