Sacraments and liturgy

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<ul><li>1.Sacraments and Liturgy</li></ul> <p>2. Jesus Promise I am with you always, until the end of theage (Matthew 28:20). Jesus words to Hisdisciples before his Ascension, promised thatHe would never leave them. 3. The First Confirmation At Pentecost, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit tothem and still today, the Holy Spirit presenceremains in our lives. 4. The Sacraments Pentecost marks the first Confirmation in theChurch. The Church recognized certainsymbolic actions, or rituals, as signs of therisen Christ made present through the HolySpirit. We call these Sacraments! 5. Gifts from Christ Each sacrament is given to us by Christ: Baptism-at His Baptism by John Reconciliation-when he told the apostles thatWhose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiventhem; and whose sins you shall retain, they areretained. Eucharist-at the Last Supper Confirmation-the descent of the Holy Spirit uponthe apostles as He promised 6. Effects of the Sacraments Matrimony-Gods creation of Adam and Eve andcalling them one flesh Holy Orders-In Matthew Jesus sends out hisdisciples with instructions to tell the people thatthe Kingdom of God is at hand. Anointing of the Sick-Christ visiting and curing thedying (it is a conglomeration of all the sacraments) 7. Each sacrament has an effet: Baptism-makes us children of God and part of hisbody, Church and repairs the break from Godbecause of Original Sin Reconciliation-God forgives our sins Eucharist-we receive the body, blood soul anddivinity of Christ Confirmation-we are sealed with the Holy Spirit tobecome adult members of the faith to share it anduphold it 8. Matrimony-a baptized man and woman becomeone flesh under the witness of Christ Holy Orders-men are given the job of Christamong us 9. Categories The sacraments can be grouped into 3categories: 1. birth and growth (Baptism, Eucharist andConfirmation) are how we are born into thechurch and nourished 2. healing(Reconciliation and Anointing of theSick) is how we are made whole again andexperience peace and forgiveness 3. mission(matrimony and Holy Orders) is howwe are strengthened to serve God and others 10. Sanctifying Grace Each sacrament gives us grace, calledSanctifying Grace, which allows us to love andbe loved by God. The sacraments are the ways that Christ, thehead of the Church, spread Grace to the Bodyof the Church. 11. Liturgy The purpose of the sacraments is:1. To sanctify us and make us holy2. To build up the Body of Christ3. To offer worship to God 12. Sacramentals Sacramentals are material objects, things oractions (sacramentalia) set apart or blessedby the Roman Catholic Church to manifest therespect due to the sacraments, and so toexcite good thoughts and to increasedevotion, and through these movements ofthe heart to remit venial sin, according to theCouncil of Trent (Session XXII, 15). 13. Examples of Sacramentals Rosaries Sign of the Cross Crucifixes Images and Icons Scapulars Incense Holy Water Grace before meals Medals Stations of the Cross Angelus prayer, etc. Blessings Novenas 14. Why Sacramentals? They weave a constant engagement withChrist throughout our day. We believe that these blessed items aresacred and should be treated with greatreverence and respect. Many other faiths have sacramentals, but theydont call them that. </p>