The Swiss Bishops Call for a Stores to Remain Closed on December 24

Source: FSSPX News

On December 4, 2017, the Swiss Bishops’ Conference called on store-owners not to open their stores on Christmas Eve that falls on a Sunday this year.


“The Swiss Bishops’ Conference asks you not to open your stores on Sundays in December, especially when the fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve.” Such were the terms of the Swiss bishops’ request for stores to remain closed on December 24.

This call, supported by the “Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and by the “Schweizerische Evangelische Allianz”, recalls that the time of Advent, during which, “Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ”, is a “time for meditation”.

The Swiss prelates also recall “the importance of Sunday as a day of rest and recovery, consecrated to the Lord”.

So far, religious authorities in France have not published any statement on opening stores on Sunday, December 24. Ever since the Macron law in 2015 was passed, they can open if they have a dispensation.