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I came across the website about the history of the Sabbath. There seems to be a growing movement concerning the importance of worshipping on Saturday. This website references many of the early fathers of the Church as celebrating the Sabbath of Saturday and attributes the change of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday to the Roman Catholic Church.

The information on this website does not have really strong basis and can be easily refuted.

Under the title "Which day is the Sabbath?" they try to make a point that Saturday and not Sunday is the seventh day. No Orthodox nor Catholic church claims otherwise.

We do believe that  Saturday is the seventh day. We celebrate the Eucharist on the first day of the week, which is Sunday, the Day of the Lord, The day of His Resurrection.

This practice was established by the apostles themselves "Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread" (Acts 20:7).

Under the title "What would Jesus do?" They say "we can also find from scripture that Jesus attended church on the Sabbath day"

The Lord did not attend church; but as a Jew He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath to be among the Jews and to preach to them where they gather.

What did the Apostles do? "And Paul, as his manner was; went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures" (Acts 17:2). "And he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks" (Acts 18:4).

It is clear here that St. Paul went on the Sabbath to reason with and persuade not to worship with them. Therefore, by necessity, he had to meet them on the Sabbath.The writings of the early church Fathers all point to the celebration of the Lord's Day on the first day of the week (Sunday).

Didache: "Christian Assembly on the Lord's Day: 1. But every Lord's Day, do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread."

The Didascalia: "The apostles further appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service, and the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and the oblation, because on the first day of the week our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week he arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week he ascended up to heaven, and on the first day of the week he will appear at last with the angels of heaven" (Didascalia 2).

St. Ignatius: "If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death (Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians, Chapter IX)

You can check this website It answers this Sabbath question.
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