The Sunday obligation
In his first Apology addressed to the Emperor Antoninus and the Senate, Saint Justin proudly described the Christian practice of the Sunday assembly, which gathered in one place Christians from both the city and the countryside.(76) When, during the persecution of Diocletian, their assemblies were banned with the greatest severity, many were courageous enough to defy the imperial decree and accepted death rather than miss the Sunday Eucharist. This was the case of the martyrs of Abitina, in Proconsular Africa, who replied to their accusers: "Without fear of any kind we have celebrated the Lord's Supper, because it cannot be missed; that is our law"; "We cannot live without the Lord's Supper". As she confessed her faith, one of the martyrs said: "Yes, I went to the assembly and I celebrated the Lord's Supper with my brothers and sisters, because I am a Christian".(77)
Blog Authors Note on above picture: The coffins of slain priests, Father Wasim Sabih (L), 27-years-old, and Taher Saadallah Boutros, known as Father Athir, 32-years-old, are seen during a mass service in Baghdad on November 2, 2010 for the victims of the Syrian Catholic cathedral carnage in which more than 40 Christians, including two priests, were killed on October 31.