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The Historical Development of the PCA Book of Church Order

Chapter 48 : The Sanctification of the Lord's Day

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48-4. The whole day is to be kept holy to the Lord; and to be employed in the public and private exercises of religion. Therefore, it is requisite, that there be a holy resting, all the day, from unnecessary labors; and an abstaining from those recreations which may be lawful on other days; and also, as much as possible, from worldly thoughts and conversation.

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Background and Comparison :
PCA 1973, Adopted text, as printed in the Minutes of General Assembly, p. 155
Continuing Presbyterian Church, Proposed Book of Church Order (1973), DfW, 1-2, p. 63
The whole day is to be kept holy to the Lord, and to be used for worship and rest. It is requisite, therefore, that the people abstain from recreations which are not in keeping with the sanctity of the day.

PCUS 1933, DfW, I-§304
The whole day is to be kept holy to the Lord, and to be used for worship and rest. It is requisite, therefore, that the people abstain from all unnecessary labor, and from recreations which are not in keeping with the sanctity of the day.

PCUS 1925, I-§304
The whole day is to be kept holy to the Lord ; and to be employed in the public and private exercises of religion. Therefore, it is requisite, that there be a holy resting, all the day, from unnecessary labors ; and an abstaining from those recreations which may be lawful on other days ; and also, as much as possible, from worldly thoughts and conversation.

PCUS 1894,

RPCES 1973, III-2
The entire day is to be commemorated as holy to the Lord, both in public and in private, as a day of divine worship and holy resting. To this end, it is requisite that there be a complete cessation from all unnecessary labors and an abstinence from those sports and forms of recreation which may be lawful on other days.

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