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attend Mass and devote time to family, leisure, rest and works of charity. (CCC 2184, 2172) 7. The following liturgical gestures are outward signs that reflect our inward love and respect for God:
genuflection, kneeling, Sign of the Cross, folding hands for prayer, blessing ourselves with Holy
Water. For example, we genuflect upon entering a Catholic Church as a sign of adoration because
Jesus is truly present in the tabernacle. (CCC 1153-1155, 1208) 8. In the Sign of Peace, the Church asks for peace and unity among us and this sign expresses our
communion with each other before receiving Holy Communion. The Sign of Peace is a solemn act
and should be reverent. 9. The liturgical year is the Church’s calendar in which we celebrate the life and saving work of Christ,
as well as honor Mary and the saints. There are liturgical seasons throughout the year in which we
remember the different aspects of the Paschal Mystery of Christ.
a. Advent: devoted to preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas and the coming of
Christ at the end of time.
b. Christmas: the yearly celebration of the birth of Jesus (Nativity).
c. Lent: the primary penitential season reflecting the forty days Jesus spent fasting and
praying in preparation of the celebration of the Paschal Mystery.
d. Easter Triduum: the Passion and Resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire
e. Easter Season: the joyful celebration of the Resurrection of Christ August 6th, 2005
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f. Ordinary Time: celebrates the life of Christ and His saving work in all its aspects. (The
term Ordinary comes from the word ordinal, which means a specified order. Here
Ordinary does not mean commonplace.)
10. Different colors are used for the liturgical celebrations and seasons throughout the year.
Advent: purple, rose
Ordinary Time: green
Lent: purple, rose
Holy Week: purple and red
Easter: white, gold
(CCC 1168, 1171, 2698, 1438) 11. The name(s) of the parish priest(s), bishop and pope should be known. 12. The following are to be identified in the church:
holy water font
votive candle baptismal font
Stations of the Cross
Liturgy includes the Holy Eucharist, the other six Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours, the liturgical year and
sacramentals. The Liturgy of the Hours consists of praying mainly the Psalms. It is making the day holy in
praying through Christ our Lord. Priests and consecrated persons pray the Liturgy of the Hours at specific
times of the day. The lay faithful are invited to participate in this prayer of the Church.
Liturgy means the participation o...
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