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participate, each its own way, in the priesthood of Christ. However, they differ essentially. Through
the celebration of the Sacraments, priests exercise their ministerial priesthood in service to the laity.
The common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by a life of faith, hope and charity, responding to
the interior promptings of the Holy Spirit. (CCC 1547) 6. The source of the Sacraments is Jesus love for the Father and us, which He showed by His death on
the Cross. Jesus’ suffering (passion), Death, Resurrection from the dead and Ascension into Heaven,
entitled the Paschal Mystery, destroyed our death and restored our life. (CCC 1067). 7. The Sacraments are ordinarily celebrated in a Church where the family of God comes together as a
community to worship Him. The Church is a house of God and is sacred especially because Jesus is
offered on the altar in the sacrifice of the Mass and is present in the tabernacle.
(CCC 1181, 832, 1379) 8. “The seven Sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life.
There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the
spiritual life”. “The purpose of the Sacraments is to sanctify us, to build up the Body of Christ
and, finally, to give worship to God”. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are called to participate
in Christ’s mission as priest, prophet and king. In Confirmation we receive and are
strengthened by the Holy Spirit so that we can spread and defend the Catholic Faith in all that
we say and do. (CCC 1210, 1123, 1547, 1113) 9. There are two types of grace: sanctifying grace and actual grace. Sanctifying grace is a share in
God’s Divine Life through which God establishes a loving relationship with us. Actual grace is
God’s help to do what is right. We can see that God gives us all the gifts we need which enable
us to receive real joy and peace in this life and to attain Heaven. We find true meaning in life
in our service to God by serving others. (CCC 2000) 10. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead and for this reason, we are to
attend Mass and devote time to family, leisure, rest and works of charity. (CCC 2184, 2172) 11. The Psalms, and the Old and New Testament readings are used in the celebration of the Sacraments. 12. Liturgy includes the seven Sacraments with the Holy Eucharist as the center and source of the
Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours, the liturgical year and sacramentals. The Liturgy of the Hours
consists of praying 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. (CCC 1174-1178, 1168-1173, 1667) 13. Liturgy means the participation of the people of God in the work of God. The liturgy celebrates the
work of Christ in redeeming us by calling us, saving us, blessing u...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2013 for the course RELIGION Religion taught by Professor Hansel during the Fall '13 term at Pacelli High School, Stevens Point.
- Fall '13