Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mysteries › Section One of Part Two: The Sacramental Economy ›› CHAPTER 2: The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery ››› Article 1: Celebrating the Liturgy
› IN BRIEF
Questions and Answers
1. God Father seated on the throne (Rev 4)
2. Christ the Lamb standing, as though He had been slain (Rev 5)
3. the Holy Spirit, the river of the water of life flowing from the throne and the Lamb (Rev 22).
Rev is the “Revelation of St John”, the last book of the New Testament.
1. the heavenly powers
2. all creation
3. the servants of the Old and New Covenants
4. the new People of God
5. the Mother of God
6. the Bride of the Lamb
7. a great multitude from every nation.
The sacramental Liturgy touches individual members of the Church in different ways, depending on their orders.
1. signs and symbols
2. words and actions
3. singing and music
4. holy images.
1. the circumcision
2. the anointing of kings and priests
3. the laying on of hands
4. the sacrifices
5. the Passover.
1. by using the signs of creation in His preaching
2. by healing and preaching with the help of physical signs or symbolic gestures
3. by giving a new meaning to deeds and signs of the Old Covenant.
1. fulfil the figures of the Old Testament
2. signify the salvation wrought by Christ
3. anticipate the glory of heaven.
1. the reading of the Word of God
2. its proclamation (homily)
3. the responses of the assembly to it.
Sacrosanctum Concilium is a Vatican II document; the Constitution on the Liturgy.
1. prayerful beauty
2. participation of the faithful
3. solemn character.
1. every Sunday
2. once a year: Easter.
1. the day of Christ’s Resurrection
2. the first day of the week
3. the memorial of the first day of creation
4. the “eighth day” following Christ’s “rest” on Holy Saturday.
The “liturgical year” is the unfolding of the whole mystery of Christ in the course of twelve months.
“Equinox” is the day when day and night are both exactly twelve hours long.
1. she is inseparably linked with the saving work of her Son
2. she is the most excellent fruit of Redemption
3. she is an image of what the Church herself desires to be.
1. to proclaim Christ’s death and Resurrection in them
2. to propose them as examples
3. to beg through their merits for God’s favours.
1. the prayer of the psalms
2. readings from the Scriptures and responses
3. readings from the Fathers and spiritual masters.
The “Fathers” are the holy theologians of the first millennium.
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator.
1. in the midst of the faithful, built into a spiritual house
2. in visible churches.
1. the Holy Eucharist is celebrated and reserved
2. the faithful assemble
3. the presence of the Son of God is worshipped.
The “consecrated species” are the Blessed Sacrament of the altar, in which Christ is truly, really and substantially present.
Holy Water is commonly found in a receptacle called a stoup or a font at the entrance of the church or in private homes so that the faithful may bless themselves with it.
1. to remind the faithful of their baptismal promises
2. to allow the faithful to bless themselves with holy water as they enter the church.
1. the threshold symbolizes passing from the world of sin to the world of new Life
2. the whole building symbolizes the Father’s house toward which the faithful are journeying.