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Part II. The Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated

PART II. THE SACRAMENTS: THE FAITH CELEBRATED

 

Part II. The Sacraments: The Faith Celebrated


Chapter 14. The Celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Christ

During his earthly ministry, Jesus preached and taught with authority and performed powerful healings and miracles through which he forgave sins and healed the wounds of sin. In the Sacraments of the Church, Christ now continues the saving works he performed during his earthly life. In the sacraments, the Church offers to each of us the saving power of God in Jesus Christ for the healing of our whole person – spirit, soul, mind and body – as we daily journey in faith with the community of believers. Read more...


Chapter 15. Baptism: Becoming a Christian

From the first moments of Christianity, new members were received into the Christian community through sacramental rites of initiation. The catechumenate, developed by early Christians during the first four centuries of the Church’s existence, was an extensive spiritual, educational and liturgical journey of initiation. The RCIA is a recent recovery of the ancient catechumenate that culminates in the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Read more...


Chapter 16. Confirmation: Consecrated for Mission

The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is the living presence of God in our lives promised by Jesus. The Holy Spirit strengthens our Christian witness so we may become the living reflections of Christ in the world. And so the Church prays, ‘Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest, and in our souls take up thy rest. Come with thy grace and heavenly aid, to fill the hearts that thou hast made.’ Read more...


Chapter 17. The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life

The Sacrament of the Eucharist, the ‘summary of our faith’, completes sacramental initiation. We believe that the Eucharist is the ‘source and summit of the Christian life’ in that the Eucharist continues God’s saving actions in Jesus Christ in every age of the Church. In our worship and union with Christ in the Eucharist, we grow in union with God in the power of the Holy Spirit. All the other sacraments are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. Read more...

Chapter 18. Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation: God Is Rich in Mercy

Through the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, we receive the new life of Christ. But the weakness of our human nature and our inclination to sin continues to remain and affect our lives. The Church offers us the Sacraments of Healing to assist in the daily journey of conversion and reconciliation. Read more...

 

Chapter 19. Anointing the Sick and the Dying

In his earthly ministry Jesus healed the whole person, body, mind, spirit and soul. In the Gospels, we see Jesus healing the sick and forgiving sins. At times Jesus touched the ill and healed their sickness; at other times he spoke a healing word to them. Every Gospel account of Jesus’ healing is accompanied by deepened faith, turning away from sin and renewed commitment to Christian discipleship. Read more...


Chapter 20. Holy Orders

To serve God, the Church and the faithful through the ministerial priesthood is a vocation, an invitation from the Lord that is a powerful countercultural witness of faith in Jesus Christ. Through the Sacraments of Service –Holy Orders and Matrimony –those already baptised and confirmed receive particular vocations in service of God, the Church and the human family. Those who receive Holy Orders are consecrated or set apart in the name of Jesus Christ to ‘feed the Church by the word and the grace of God’. Read more...

Chapter 21. The Sacrament of Marriage

Sacred Scripture begins with the creation and the original unity of man and woman. In the last book of the Bible, we read of the ‘wedding feast of the Lamb’ (Rv 19:7, 9). The image of marriage is often used in scripture to speak of God’s covenant relationship with Israel and Christ’s love for the Church. Read more...

Chapter 22. Sacramentals and Popular Devotions

Sacramentals are sacred signs instituted by the Church that mediate spiritual effects such as blessings, protection and peace through the Church. They bear resemblance to the sacraments and signify effects, particularly spiritual effects, obtained through the mediation of the Church (CCC, no. 1667). Read more...

 


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