What does it mean to sanctify the holy day?

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We sanctify the holy day in the right way, when

  1. We join our fellow Christians in our congregation and, with believing hearts, hear the pure Word of God, partake of the Sacraments, pray, and thank and praise God.

  2. We individually use God’s Word diligently, and when we sanctify our lives by believing this Word. We do not sanctify the holy day if we only rest but do not use God’s Word.

Acts 2:42: And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

Heb. 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is.

Acts 17:11: They received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.