The Protestant Reformation on Sabbath-Keeping

"Who, therefore, does not see how advantageous it is to the people of Christ — that one day in seven should be so consecrated to the exercises of religion, that it is not lawful (fas) to do any

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other kind of work than assemble in the sacred meeting and there hear the Word of God, pour out prayers before God, make profession of faith and give thanks to God, present sacred offerings and receive divine sacraments; and so, with undivided application, glorify God and make increase in faith? For these are the true works of religious holy-days!"5

Bucer goes on to mention with satisfaction the laws made by Constantine and other emperors, to prohibit by penalties the transaction of ordinary business, the exhibition of spectacles and such things on the Lord's Day. By spectacles, Bucer here means the circusses and theatres etc. in the Roman Empire. For, he explains: "The early Church consecrated the first day instead of the seventh in memory of the resurrection. It shall not be allowable to do anything else on that day, except assembly in the congregation of worship."6