sacraments course overview for 1st quarter
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DESCRIPTIONSACRAMENTS Course Overview for 1st Quarter. i. Salvation History - What is a Sacrament? -What does it have to do with me? ii. Symbol and Ritual -Why Sacraments? -Practicing “Third-Eye” Seeing iii. God’s Sacramental Actions- How does God act in and through the - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
SACRAMENTS Course Overview for 1st Quarter
SACRAMENTS Course Overview for 1st Quarteri. Salvation History -What is a Sacrament? -What does it have to do with me? ii. Symbol and Ritual-Why Sacraments?-Practicing Third-Eye Seeingiii. Gods Sacramental Actions-How does God act in and through the Sacraments?1. Baptism-Who ever thought this up?- How Baptism wants to kill you.- How does Baptism work?2. Confirmation- Who thought this one up?- Its a type of Graduation, right?- How does Confirmation work?I. The life of man - to know and love God
1 God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength. He calls together all men, scattered and divided by sin, into the unity of his family, the Church. To accomplish this, when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son as Redeemer and Saviour. In his Son and through him, he invites men to become, in the Holy Spirit, his adopted children and thus heirs of his blessed life.
I. The life of man - to know and love God2 So that this call should resound throughout the world, Christ sent forth the apostles he had chosen, commissioning them to proclaim the gospel: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."4 Strengthened by this mission, the apostles "went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that attended it."53 Those who with God's help have welcomed Christ's call and freely responded to it are urged on by love of Christ to proclaim the Good News everywhere in the world. This treasure, received from the apostles, has been faithfully guarded by their successors. All Christ's faithful are called to hand it on from generation to generation, by professing the faith, by living it in fraternal sharing, and by celebrating it in liturgy and prayer.6It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom to reveal Himself and to make known the mystery of his will... to have access to the Father, through Christ, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature CCC 51
God Wants You To Live!ReviewSuper Important Termstradition (small t) what is handed on or passed down from one generation to the next.
Tradition (big T) the handing on of the deposit of faith; the living transmission of the Gospel message in the Church (CCC 75 -83).
Liturgy a public work or service done in the name of or on behalf of the people. Through the liturgy Christ continues the work of our redemption through the Churchs celebration of the Paschal Mystery by which he accomplished our salvation (CCC 1067 1069)
Pascal Mystery Christs work of redemption accomplished principally by his Passion, death, Resurrection, and Ascension. It is made present in the liturgy of the Church, and its saving effects are communicated through the sacraments. (CCC 1067; 1076)Salvation HistoryWhy study history?To inform our living/decisions WayTo hand on the TruthTruthTo enlighten our path LifeWe discover our identity Who do you say that I AM?
Why do we love stories?
Misconception about History:One of the most necessary and most neglected points about the story called history, is the fact that the story is not finished. ~G.K. Chesterton
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always until the close of the age. Matthew 28:19-20Etymology of SacramentEast (Greek) vs. West (Latin)Mysterion in the East (Greek) mysterion 1. somehing hidden 2. something revealedOld Testament use of mystery: Biblical slang for hiddenDaniel 2:27-30: There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what is to happen in the days to comeBut to be understoodDan 2:30: that you may understand the thoughts in your own mindAffirms our own body-mind unity as mystery.
Etymology of SacramentSacraments possess this revealing and concealing character-i.e. Our bodies, Jesus BodyMoses intimacy with God:
Exodus 33:19Moses: Do let me see your glory!God: I will make all my beauty pass before you but my face you cannot see, for no man sees me and still lives.Gods concealment : the adaptation of His power to us. i.e. not Rambo-God, but Lamb-of-God
New Testament: mysterionSt. Paul uses mystery/mysterion: Eph 1: 3-10: plan of God revealed in Christ to all peopleCol 1:24-27: hidden from previous ages; now fully revealed in Christ; realized by those mature in the faith; yet revealed to all Fathers of the Church (St. Clement and Origen)In General: associated what was revealed in Christ to particular rites, what we now know as sacraments, or sacred rites.
Etymology of SacramentsChurch Fathers (cont.)Affirm Sacrament Character: 1. event character within the sacrament; something happens- we dont control events: we enter into theme.g. car accidents2. inexhaustible character; - words can never explain use.g. young love vs. old couples at Honkers
The Fathers affirm the inexhaustible event of these sacred rites.Etymology of SacramentWest (Latin)SACRAMENTUMoath of fidelity 1. Roman soldiers gave a sacramentum to the Emperor. -2. Roman Courts collected a sacramentum, or money deposit, from both sides and the winner took all.Adoption by early Christians:Oath of fidelity of entire person to Christ and His Church even to the point of death!
Apostles Creed:At our initiation (Baptism) and every Sunday:I believe in God, the Almighty Father. AmenAnd at our Confirmation and every Easter we renounce the Enemy. Priest: Do you renounce Satan and all of his works?...In Confession, we recognize our fallenness but accept Gods strength. I will never quitIf knocked down, I will get back up.
Understanding of Early Christians The Sacraments were likened to the Roman sacramentum: an oath fidelity, a pledge of the entire person to Christ and His Church even to the point of death!
Etymology of SacramentWest (Latin) Tertullian 2-3 cent. the 1st to bring sacramentum to the West/ Latin speaking world. Referred to Baptism and Eucharist as being sacramentum - those faithful who entered into such sacramentum were taking a life-long oath staked upon death.-many martyrs during this time in 2nd century.Etymology of SacramentSt. Augustine 3-4th centuryGreatly contributed to Churchs sacramental understanding when he described sacrament as a sign.
What is the nature of signs and symbols. How do they work?
Symbol or Sign- something visible or tangible that communicates an invisible or intangible reality.Creation as Sign or sacrament (small s).
Twofold way of approaching God from Creation:
The world: Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible nature, namely his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made CCC 32 (Rom 1:19, Acts 14:15, Wis 13:1-9)
The human person: His openness to truth and beauty, sense of moral goodness, freedom and the voice of his conscience, with his longing for the infinite and for happiness, man questions himself about Gods existence. In all this he discerns signs of his spiritual soul, which can only have its origin in God (CCC 33).
Signs and SymbolsReview: Symbols express invisible realities in visible ways. Rituals are moving symbols sacramentality (small s)- a things ability to reveal its dependency on God. Creation revealing its Creator.
Signs and SymbolsIn what ways are symbols and rituals useful?1. they help us to keep alive the past2. they give visible expression to invisible thoughts and feelings
Signs Two functions1. they point beyond themselves2. They also instruct.
Etymology of SacramentSt. Augustine 3-4 cent.helped us gain insight and understanding of what sacrament means and how it is usedSIGN He introduced sign (signum) Something effects what it signifies.
A stop sign does not have the power to effect what it is signing The Sacraments, as signum, are truly effective. Nowhere else in the universe does this happen. They have Power!How can this be? Where does the Power come from?