Constantine’s Decree – March 7, 321 AD

Constantine’s Decree – March 7, 321 AD

by Kelly McDonald, Jr.

In March 321 AD, Constantine approved the “day of the sun” as a day of rest for the Western Roman Empire (at this time, he did not control the Eastern Empire). This was not to honor God or Jesus Christ, but to honor the sun god. It was a civil day of rest. Below I have provided an English translation from the  Codex Justinianus (which was issued in 529 AD).

“All judges, city dwellers, skill workers, and the offices of all should honor the venerable day of the sun and rest. However, those placed in the country freely serve the fields of culture, because it often happens that no other better on corn grains or vineyard transplant recommended that lost an important opportunity to benefit from the heavenly provision granted.” (Codex Justinian 3.12.2: Imperator Constantinus)

In the Latin, the phrase translated as “venerable day of the sun” is venerabili die solis. Constantine’s decision was based upon honoring and esteeming the celestial body we call the sun. The Mithras cult was a favorite for Roman Emperors, especially Constantine. He minted coins as late as 317 honoring Mithras (Encyclopedia Britannica “Mithras”, Cath. Encycl. “Constantine the Great”). Notice in Constantine’s decree that farmers were not allowed this day off of work.

The God of the Holy Bible commanded Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset) off for all people, regardless of their occupation. This command extends even to farmers in their busiest seasons (Ex. 34:21).

While Constantine’s decree did not change the Sabbath, it created a false, civil day of rest beside the true day of rest. It also did not force any sort of worship on the subjects of the Empire. He issued another one in July of the same year that allowed slaves to have the day off from work.

The Catholic Encyclopedia states:“…many of the emperors yielded to the delusion that they could unite all their subjects in the adoration of the one sun-god who combined in himself the Father-God of the Christians and the much-worshipped Mithras; thus the empire could be founded anew on unity of religion. Even Constantine, as will be shown farther on, for a time cherished this mistaken belief…. Many other actions of his also have the appearance of half-measures, as if he-himself had wavered and had always held in reality to some form of syncretistic religion…” (Article: Constantine the Great)

Constantine took other measures to impose a state-controlled religion, but this is one example of how people began to change God’s sacred timing.

For more commentary on Constantine and the effects of this March 7, 321 law, please read the following link:

Kelly is President of the Bible Sabbath Association (BSA)

3 thoughts on “Constantine’s Decree – March 7, 321 AD

  1. Aleksandar Veljic (@AVeljic) says:

    Sabbath, March 7, 2020, marked the 1669th anniversary of Constantine’s Sunday law! Since Constantine was born in Serbia (south Europe), this historic Sabbath message was delivered in that country with the purpose to unmask Constantine’s non-biblical “Christianity” and give it as a witness to the world. The preacher is Aleksandar Veljic, translator, writer, a Church historian and owner of a private library “The Hope of Israel”.

    In the fourth century, Constantine banned the Sabbath observance in Europe. His Council of Nicaea abolished God’s Passover by instituting Easter Sunday! This historic Sabbath service message points out those crimes of Constantine against God’s truth and God’s people! Here is an excerpt from the message: “The established Roman state religion falsely called Christianity set out to annihilate those who kept God’s Passover and God’s Sabbath. Constantine’s legacy is well and alive. His counterfeit Christianity is protected by the law. German Constitution sanctions only Sunday and pagan holidays as days of rest. Other European nations will follow suit, and Passover and Sabbath observances will eventually not be recognized as legal religious practices in the coming United States of Europe!”


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s