7/25/2012 6:25:53 PM
Curious Regarding Kyriake
The title expresses my curiosity at something I've come across more and more lately, namely, the displacement of the typical Sunday through Saturday calendar. The word "Kyriake" in the title above is the English transcription of the Greek word that would be translated "Lord's Day." This, of course, refers to what we call Sunday, but what in some of the European Romance languages would be known in a similar way as "Dominica" (Spanish). On the Lord's Day we gather around the Lord's Word and the Lord's Supper. Jesus is the one referred to here, He is the crucified and risen Lord.
We have all heard with increasing regularity stories about sports activities being scheduled on Sunday mornings; now, I have also noticed calendars beginning with Monday and ending with Sunday. This obscures the understanding that Sunday is the first day of the week (think Genesis 1, where God made light), the day on which Christ rose from the dead (the first day of the new week and the new creation, the end-time eighth day), the day on which the Holy Spirit descended on the waiting apostles, just as Jesus promised.
The rhythm of a week is something unique in all of the time-related aspects of life. Literally everything else is determined by the astral bodies: the day by the rising and setting of the sun, the month by the waxing and waning of the moon, the year by the circuit of the earth in the heavens, but the week--for us Christians--is determined by the activity of God directly toward us and our salvation: creation, redemption, sanctification. Keep your eyes wide open for changing calendars! More importantly, keep your ears open within the Lord's house on the Lord's Day!