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- Apostolic Letter “Dies Domini” on Keeping the Lord’s Day Holy, by Pope John Paul II (Saint John Paul the Great), 31 May 1998. May be read online on this page of Adoremus, and at the Holy See.
- The Moveable Feasts, Fasts, and Other Annual Observances of the Catholic Church, by Rev. Alban Butler, with life of the author by Charles Butler, to which is added, a continuation of the feasts and fasts, by a Catholic priest (Dublin: James Duffy, 1839). May be read online, and available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats, at Internet Archive.
On the Feast of the Holy Martyrs of Abitene (Abitinae). For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
“I am not asking you if you are a Christian, but if you have taken part in the assembly or if you have a book of the Scriptures [said the pagan magistrate] …
“O foolish and ridiculous question of the judge! As if a Christian could be without the Sunday Eucharist, or the Sunday Eucharist could be celebrated without there being a Christian! Don’t you know, Satan, that it is the Sunday Eucharist which makes the Christian and the Christian that makes the Sunday Eucharist, so that one cannot subsist without the other, and vice versa?…
“When you hear someone say ‘Christian,’ know that there is an assembly that celebrates the Lord; and when you hear someone say ‘assembly,’ know that a Christian is there” (from the acts of the martyrs of Abitene, quoted in Aleteia)