24. What do Christians celebrate when they met?
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  Introduction

   The Creed has reminded us the mystery of the Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and the mystery of salvation in Christ who founded the Church to continue on earth his plan of salvation of men until the end of the world. What do Christians proclaim and celebrate when they met? What does the Church proclaim and celebrate? The answer: the mystery of Christ.

    The following scene (from the Catechism of the Catholic Church) represents the encounter between Christ and the woman with Issue of Blood who could not be cured for years. She Came behind him, touched the border of his garment and her problem stanched immediately (Mark 5,30).

    Christ lives and acts in the Church through the sacraments, applying the merits of Redemption and continuing the saving work of Jesus in the world. The sacraments are channels that collect the "virtue of Christ” to heal the wounds of sin and to communicate new life. So those who want to live the life of God should participate in the liturgy of the Church, which celebrates the mysteries of our salvation in union with Christ and under the action of the Holy Spirit, to offer to God worship, praise and thanksgiving.

  A. Choose one of the following words and answer: salvation, damnation, sermons, sacraments, Christ or Saint Joseph.

 The liturgy celebrates the mysteries of our  
 Christ lives and acts in the Church through the
 
 The sacraments are channels that collect the virtues of
 

  Main Ideas

1. What is the Liturgy of the Church?  

   It is the work through which Christ glorifies the Father in the unity of the Spirit and saves men, acting as invisible Head of the Church through their ministers, to perpetuate the work of redemption of the world.

    In the liturgy, the Church exerts the public worship to God, so that every liturgical action is the work of Christ the Priest and of his Church whose effectiveness is not matched by any other action of the Church. The Liturgy is the participation in Christ's prayer and the source of life that flows from Savior.

2. The liturgy, work of the Holy Trinity

   The whole Trinity participates in the Liturgy. God the Father is worshiped and praised as a source of blessings of creation and salvation; Christ makes the glory of God and the salvation of mankind through the sacraments; the Holy Spirit, as the soul of the Church, gives life and motivates the work of Christ to bring it to the perfection.

3. The Sacraments of the Church

   Although the sacraments will be touched later, we note that the liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Unction of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.

  B. Choose the correct word in parentheses and answer:

 The liturgy is the work through which Christ ( .....................) the Father.

 Thus the work of the ( ..................... ) is perpetuated in the world.

 The whole Trinity ( ..................... ) in the Liturgy.

 The seven sacraments are ( ...................... ) in the Liturgy.

4. The celebration of the sacraments of the Church

   Although there are several traditions in the Church, there are some common elements in liturgical celebrations:

    a) Who celebrates? The liturgy is the work of Christ; so that the whole community celebrates it. All the faithful do not have the same function with respect to celebrations. In fact, some of them, consecrated by the sacrament of Holy Orders, have the power and the mission of representing Christ as Head of his Body.

    b) How to celebrate? The liturgical celebration involves signs and symbols relating to the creation (light, water, fire), to the human life and to the history of salvation (the rites of Easter). All these elements, by the action of the Holy Spirit, are bearers of the saving and sanctifying action of Christ. The Liturgy of the word is the main part of every celebration and It is also sometimes accompanied with songs and music. The sacred images that we can see in churches and homes are destined to stimulate and nurture our faith in the mystery of Christ.

    c) When celebrates? The Sunday is the main day of the celebration of the Eucharist, because it is the Day of Resurrection. During the liturgical year, the Church develops the whole mystery of Christ, from the Incarnation and Nativity to the Ascension, Pentecost and the waiting for the end of time. In the liturgical year, the Church venerates the Blessed Virgin and reminds the martyrs and other saints. The Liturgy of the Hours or Divine Office is the public prayer of the Church. Beside it are located the various prayers of God's people, especially adoration and worship of the Holy Eucharist.

    d) Where celebrates? Christ is the real temple of God and Christians. Likewise, through the grace, we are also "temples of the Holy Spirit." But the Church needs places where the community can meet: these are our churches. There, the public worship to the glory of the Holy Trinity is celebrated; we can hear the Word of God and His praises are sung; the heart rises and the sacrifice of Christ is offered. The mass and the churches are also privileged places of retreat and personal prayer.

5. We must actively participate in the liturgy of the Church

    If we have understood this lesson, we will have realized how important it is to attend liturgical celebrations of the Church and especially the Holy Mass with the utmost attention and devotion. The Church asks us to go to the celebrations consciously, actively (participating in various ceremonies) and productively.


Catechesis Course. Mister Jaime Pujol Balcells and Mister Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the permission of the authors.


  C. Choose the correct word in parentheses and answer: 

  ( ....................) the faithful, both priests and laity, participate in the Liturgy.

 The liturgical celebration ( ................ ) signs and symbols.

 The liturgical elements are ( ...................... ) of the saving action..

 Sunday is the ( ................. ) day of the celebration of the Eucharist.

 Through the liturgical year, the whole mystery of Christ is ( ................... )

 The Christian community ( ................. ) in the Church.

 We have to participate  ( ................... ) in the Liturgy.

  Catechisms Questions

1. What is Liturgy?  The liturgy is the work through which Christ glorifies the Father in the unity of the Spirit, acting as invisible Head of the Church through the ministers, to perpetuate the work of redemption in the world.

2. Who is involved in the Liturgy?  In the Liturgy the three Persons of the Holy Trinity are involved.

3. What is Sunday? Sunday is the day that Jesus was resurrected, and therefore it is also called "Lord's day"; it is reserved for rest and is dedicated to God, living the celebration of the Eucharist, of the spiritual interest of each one and of the special care of the family. Being the center of the liturgical year is like a weekly celebration of Easter.

4. What is the liturgical year?  The liturgical year is the continuous celebration of the mystery of Christ in the Church which is repeated annually-from the Incarnation to Pentecost and the expectation of the coming of the Lord.

  D. Select the button with the correct answer. The possible answers are below: 

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS

 What is Liturgy?
 
 Who is involved in the Liturgy?
 
 What is Sunday?
 
 What is the liturgical year?
 

 

 POSSIBLE ANSWERS

 A

 The three Persons of the Holy Trinity.

 B

 It is the continuous celebration of the mystery of Christ in the Church which is repeated annually from the Incarnation to Pentecost and the expectation of the coming of the Lord.

 C

 The work through which Christ glorifies the Father in the unity of the Spirit, acting as invisible Head of the Church by their ministers, to perpetuate the work of redemption in the world.

 D

 The day that Jesus resurrected, so it is also called "Lord's day". It is reserved for rest and is dedicated to God, living the celebration of the Eucharist, of the spiritual interest of each one and of the special care of the family. Being the center of the liturgical year is like a weekly celebration of Easter.

  Purposes of Christian life

- Go with devotion to any liturgical celebration of the Church and especially to the Holy Mass.

- Visit frequently the nearest churches or temples, which is always a privileged place of encounter with God and prayer.





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