Questions and Answers

1173. Whose work is the Liturgy? (CCC 1187) The Liturgy is the work of the whole Christ, Head and Body.
1174. What two types of priesthood are there in the Church? (CCC 1188) In the Church there are:
1. the baptismal priesthood of all the faithful
2. the ministerial priesthood of the ordained ministers.
1175. Whence does the Liturgy take its signs and symbols? (CCC 1189) The Liturgy takes its signs and symbols from:
1. creation
2. human life
3. history of salvation.
1176. Why is the Liturgy of the Word important? (CCC 1190) The Liturgy of the Word is important, because it expresses in words the meaning of the celebration.
1177. What are the three criteria for the use of songs and music in the Liturgy? (CCC 1191) The three criteria for the use of songs and music in the Liturgy are:
1. the beauty expressive of prayer
2. the participation of the faithful
3. the sacred character of the celebration.
1178. What is the aim of sacred images in churches and homes? (CCC 1192) The aim of sacred images in churches and homes is to awake and nourish man’s faith in Christ.
1179. What is the principal day for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist? (CCC 1193) The principal day for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist is Sunday.
1180. What is the liturgical year? (CCC 1194) The liturgical year is the unfolding of the whole mystery of Christ in the course of twelve months.
1181. Why does the Church celebrate the memorials of the saints? (CCC 1195) The Church celebrates the memorials of the saints in order:
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.
1182. What is the main content of the “Divine Office” or “Liturgy of the hours”? (CCC 1196) The main content of the “Divine Office” or “Liturgy of the hours” is:
1. the prayer of the psalms.
2. readings from the Scriptures and responses
3. readings from the Fathers of the Church and spiritual masters.
1183. Why is Christ the true temple of God? (CCC 1197) Christ is the true temple of God, because He is the place where God’s glory dwells.
1184. What do the churches and holy places symbolize? (CCC 1198) The churches and holy places symbolize the heavenly Jerusalem.
1185. What is a churches? (CCC 1199) A church is a house of prayer in which:
1. the Holy Eucharist is celebrated and reserved
2. the faithful assemble
3. the presence of the Son of God is worshipped.