Ten Ways to Honor the Lord’s Day

Yesterday I talked about why honoring the Lord’s Day is important. Today I would like to suggest some activities you can do as a family to honor the Lord’s Day:

Image by Icb (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by Icb (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

1. Go to church. Yep, I know I’m probably preaching to the choir (pun intended!) to most people reading this. But, sometimes, even faithful Christians need a reminder that participating in the Eucharist is the paramount expression of our faith. We can get lazy. We can make excuses.

2. Pray as a family. If you don’t have a daily family devotional time (or have become lax in praying as a family), Sunday – this one perhaps? – would be a great day to start. Praying the rosary or Lectio Divina would be a great place to start.

3. Visit the sick or shut-ins. I know from personal experience from having worked in several nursing homes over the years that there are a lot of lonely people (with no or little family) stuck in their homes or nursing homes due to illness or age. A short visit to someone who has no family could make his or her own week, let alone day!

4. Visit with extended family. It’s not always easy to get everyone together for a meal during the week; but Sundays shouldn’t be too hard – even if it’s just once or twice a month. ๐Ÿ™‚

5. Go to the park.ย  Or for a bike ride. How about a game of frisbee or football? Weather permitting, have a picnic. The point is: get out of the house and have some fun as a family!

6. Go on a pilgrimage. You don’t have to travel to Lourdes, France or travel hours to some popular shrine. An internet search will probably bring up several lesser known shrines you can travel to as a family.

7. Make Sunday meals special. Good china isn’t just for Christmas and Easter, you know. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Why not put a nice table cloth on the table and set it with some nice china? Put some nice candles out and play some nice background music to make a nice atmosphere in the room. (Be realistic with this. Obviously you don’t want to put out breakable china in the reach of little ones. Maybe just use “nicer” plates?)

8. Plan a special meal or dessert. Without going crazy(or exhausting yourself with making an elaborate six-course meal), it may be nice to plan a more special meal or festive dessert. Let it be something that you ordinarily wouldn’t make.

9. Play games or read together. I’ve often talked about our love of games and the latest books we are reading, and for our family, Sundays gives us more time for these activities. Sunday is a great day to finally get out that game you’ve been wanting to play for so long

10. Rest. If your family is like mine, taking a nap may be out of the question; but, maybe you can cuddle up with your little ones. ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be a great time to just chat and rest with them.

I’d love to hear your ideas! What do you do with your family to honor the Lord’s Day? Please share in the comments.

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Comments

  1. I love the idea of using china on Sundays. Usually I take Sundays as NO COOKING. But china sounds nice. It makes the day even more special.

    Something to think about…

  2. A pot luck with family would be another good thing for the occasional Sunday. I like the pilgrimage idea, too. Your idea of visiting the sick or shut ins is very important to them.

  3. I’m making chicken & dumplings today as a special family meal, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I still have to mop the kitchen. (Oh, I need a nap!)
    Kathleen Basi…recently posted…Sunday SnippetsMy Profile

  4. We go to Mass. We try to rest because our weeks are sooo busy! Special meal – my hubby cooks! Love your list!
    Colleen…recently posted…First Things FirstMy Profile

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